My love of pasta never wavers, but I’ve recently found that I’m bored of the usual slimming friendly sauces. This Beef Ragu Fettuccine came about entirely by accident when the unthinkable happened and we ran out of potatoes!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
It’s OK folks, we lived to tell the tale, and in the meantime, this thing of beauty, Beef Ragu Fettuccine happened!
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How many calories are in this Beef Ragu Fettuccine?
There are 309 calories in this Beef Ragu Fettuccine, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.
This Beef Ragu Fettuccine is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Beef Ragu Fettuccine recipe suitable for?
This Beef Ragu Fettuccine can easily be made gluten free if you use GF pasta and stock cube.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers Friendly is this Beef Ragu Fettuccine?
You only need to count 8 Points per portion of this Beef Ragu Fettuccine recipe. It’s super tasty and filling for so few Points!
Can you cook this Beef Ragu Fettuccine any other way?
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The beef ragu for this recipe was made in the Instant Pot!
The Instant Pot has become my favourite kitchen gadget, which I wouldn’t be without. Being able to cook delicious stews, curries and rice (and much more) within minutes is something of a revelation.
If you’re worried about it being too technical, don’t be – it’s so simple to use!
I cooked the pasta separately from the Beef Ragu as I didn’t want it to be over cooked as the meat needed longer, but with a bit of jiggery pokery there’s no reason why you couldn’t do this in one pot.
Don’t worry if you don’t have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker……you can make it in a slow cooker too. It will take around 5 – 6 hours on medium/high. The instructions are in the recipe card below.
How do you make Beef Ragu Fettuccine?
This recipe is super easy to make, and quick too if you’re using a pressure cooker. All you need to do is;
- Brown the meat and veg, then add the remaining sauce ingredients.
- Cook on manual for 30 minutes.
- Cook the pasta and stir it into the cooked sauce.
- Serve topped with optional parmesan (don’t forget to add on the extra calories or nutritional values)
What can you serve with this Beef Ragu Fettuccine?
This recipe is a complete meal, so you don’t you don’t have to serve it with anything other than a side salad.
You can of course, leave out the pasta and serve the Beef Ragu Fettuccine with mash potato or rice. However, this is a great alternative if, like me, disaster strikes, there are no potatoes and you just cannot face another supermarket trip!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients or equipment to make this Beef Ragu Fettuccine?
The Instant Pot
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What can I say about the Instant Pot?
It’s like a like a slow cooker/pressure cooker hybrid, and it’s probably one of our favourite and most-used kitchen gadgets. This Beef Ragu Fettuccine will take 30 minutes in the pressure cooker compared with 5 or 6 hours in the slow cooker!!
If you’ve never heard of it you really should go and check it out over on Amazon. Imagine the best Slow Cooker in the world, then times that by a hundred. There’s not much that it can’t do!
If you don’t have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker don’t worry, there’s a slow cooker method in the instructions below.
How long can you keep this Beef Ragu Fettuccine in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of this in the fridge for approximately 2 or 3 days.
Can you freeze this Beef Ragu Fettuccine?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it has cooled right down.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! Unless you fancy mystery food for dinner!
How do I reheat Beef Ragu Fettuccine?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat until it’s steaming hot all the way through before serving.
From frozen: Always defrost leftovers completely, either in the fridge or in the microwave, before reheating. Cooked food that has been frozen and removed from the freezer should be reheated and eaten within 24 hours of fully defrosting.
Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave making sure the dish is steaming hot all the way through before serving.
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Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
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