Syn Free Beef Ragu Fettuccine | Slimming World

My love of pasta never wavers, but I’ve recently found that I’m bored of the usual sauces. This Syn Free Beef Ragu Fettuccine came about entirely by accident when the unthinkable happened and we ran out of potatoes!

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It’s OK folks, we lived to tell the tale, and in the meantime, this thing of beauty happened!

The beef ragu for this recipe was made in the Instant Pot!

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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 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.

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If cooking in a slow cooker, be sure to adjust the timings as those given are for the Instant Pot.

You can of course, serve the ragu 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!

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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 Syn Free Beef Ragu Fettuccine will take 30 minutes in the pressure cooker compared with 5 or 6 hours in the slow cooker!!

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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.


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Syn Free Beef Ragu Fettuccine

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In the Instant Pot
  1. Place a large pan of water onto the hob to boil for the pasta
  2. Spray the Instant Pot with a little Frylight, then add the beef, press the Saute button and brown the meat - this will take a few minutes. Once browned, add the veg and saute for a further 2 minutes
  3. Press the Off button and add the remaining ingredients into the Instant Pot. Click the Manual button and adjust the time to 30 minutes, ensuring the venting valve is closed
  4. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. When the Instant Pot has finished cooking, use the Quick Pressure Release method, drain the pasta (when cooked) and stir into the Ragu
  5. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of Parmesan (remember to syn it if using it!)
In the Slow Cooker
  1. Spray a frying pan with a little Frylight, then sauté the meat until browned - this will take a few minutes. Once browned, add the veg and saute for a further 2 minutes
  2. Tip the contents of the pan into the slow cooker then add all the remaining ingredients (apart from the pasta)
  3. Set to medium-high and allow to cook for 5 to 6 hours or until the meat starts to break up
  4. Place a large pan of water onto the hob to boil for the pasta
  5. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet, then drain the pasta (when cooked) and stir into the Ragu


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  1. Really great recipe I wasn’t sure how different this would be to a bolognaise. But this is different. I used chopped steak so it was lovely and chunky. And I think it gives it a really good beefy rich flavour. Brilliant Monday night tea. Delicious

    1. Hi Tracy
      This should be fine in the pressure king pro. Some pressure cookers work at different pressures, but i believe the pressure king pro and IP both work at the same pressure.

  2. Hi, can this be done in the oven in like a casserole dish? If so how long would you put it in the oven for and at what temp? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hi Bex
      We’ve not tried it in the oven, but it should work out fine. I’d say it would probably take 3 or 4 hours at 150-160°C

  3. Is it essential to have pearl barley? I’ve got everything else & it is Easter Sunday so supermarkets shut anyway 🙁 thanks

    1. Hi Fiona,

      You don’t have to put pearl barley in but the sauce might not be quite as thick without it so may need reducing.



  4. Hi Emma
    Thank you so much for replying….especially on Easter Sunday, I reduced the beef stock slightly & it was fine, delicious recipe and one I will definitely do again 😃

  5. Hi.
    Could I add a glug of Red wine after 3 hours in the slow cooker?
    Then cook for another 3, or should it have gone in at the start?
    Tia 🙂

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