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, Syn Free Beef Ragu Fettuccine 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 Syn Free 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.

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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 Syn Free 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!

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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 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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445kcal 8

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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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- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.


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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 🙂

  6. I am going to cook this tonight, I shall use a low oven as I do not have one of these pots. By the look of the recipe I need to cut my beef in small chunks which I shall do. Thanks for the recipe xx.

    1. Hi Charlotte
      Yes you could probably cook it on the stove top in a pan with a tight fitting lid. You could also cook it in the oven on a medium heat for a few hours.

  7. if I was just cooking this on the stove in a pot with a tight fitting lid, how long do you think it would take? thank you.

  8. when you say 30 minutes in a pressure cooker. is that from when the pan is up to pressure? my own stew i only cook for 25 minutes.
    it sounds like a lovely recipe though, cant wait to try it.

    1. Hi Jane,

      With the Instant Pot, the timer starts to count down when the pot reaches pressure. These timings are for that particular piece of kitchenware so you may find timings vary when using a traditional pressure cooker.

      Hope that helps!

  9. This is literally the best pasta accompaniment I have EVER made! Absolutely delicious. I left the barley out of mine and used 100g more 5 percent fat beef as well as reducing the stock by 50ml. I also cooked it in the oven in a casserole dish on 150 degrees for 3 hours. Cannot believe this is syn free!!!!!! 😍😍😍

  10. This recipe looks great! I’ll be trying it in the slow cooker next week.
    I am coeliac so what would you recommend I substitute instead of the pearl barley?

  11. After reading most of the comments I made this in my slow cooker. OMG it was delicious and far tastier then Bolognese. Thankyou so much for this delicious recipe, I’ve even put the leftovers in the freezer to have another time and used spaghetti vegetables instead of pasta to make it even more healthier x

    1. Hi Wendy
      You can make the recipe without the pearl barley, it just won’t thicken up quite as much. You could simmer it for 10-15 mins to reduce the liquid and allow it to thicken if you’d prefer a richer, thicker sauce.

    1. Hi Rachel,

      Yep, they should also cook in the same time, but it may need adjusting depending on the type of lentils.

      Hope that helps!

  12. Thank goodness for slow cookers! Put this on to cook before I left this morning and have come home to an absolutely delicious dinner. Will definitely make again and have recommended on my SW group’s Facebook page.

  13. Beef ragu Fetuccinie. Where has this been all my life. Love preparing this dish but omg loved eating it more. It is deeeeeelish. Now our family number one dish. Thank you so much for sharing. This recipe is restaurant quality. 5 star dining indeed xxx

    1. Hi Sharon,

      It would still take the same amount of time, might just take a bit long to come up to pressure as there’ll be more liquid. Also, make sure the IP isn’t more than two thirds full…this recipe already fills it almost to that much. Might be better to just make two batches!

      Hope that helps!

  14. I made this in my instant pot , it was delicious , definitely one that i’ll make again , i don’t like pearl barley so put some butternut squash in , a great dish

  15. OMG – this dish was so delicious and another keeper in our household. It was so rich and tender – the beef just melts in your mouth. Thank you #pinchofnom for another great recipe 😍

    1. Hi Nicola
      I’ve had this for my dinner this evening. It’s a favourite in our house, too! Glad you’re enjoying the recipes. 🙂

  16. Hi it Geordie the “sausage roll” guy! 😂😂😂😂 I BOUGHT A ONE POT!!! Just for this recipe !! Yehhhhhhhh. gonna have this for my dinner just cooking this now……..wish me luck………oh wot a brilliant site !!!!!! ( the web page not me cooking!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂)……….then agin!! Ha h a ha 😂😂😂😜 X

  17. this has to be the BEST ragu ever , i’ve made it twice now in my IP and its just so tasty, i don’t put courgette in cause we don’t like it and the only other thing i added was a red wine stock pot , definitely a favourite in our house

  18. Made this tonight for my family which includes a 3 and 5 year old everybody troughed i. I’m really struggling with the cold dark nights and this was just what I needed as im craving comfort food. Delish.

  19. i’m so glad you have the ip, as i have just got the 8quart one and am struggling for recipes and am well into my slimmingworld life. do keep them coming you lifesaver you. 🙂 xx

  20. If i make this with mince, can I still do it in the slow cooker and how long do you reckon I should cook it? Can’t wait to try it as such positive reviews! Thanks

  21. Cooked this today. Put it in the slow cooker whilst we played in the snow and had a fun day. Was absolutely delicious and the whole family of 6 (aged 3 – 39) loved it. Will definitely be cooking again. Thanks so much!! X

  22. I am going to make this mid-week, I love pearl barley so that is a plus. Going to use Tagliatelle as it seems to come off a little better on the sugar content. However, my concern is, the receipe serves 4 with only 50g pasta each. I usually do about 100-125g dried pasta per person. Maybe this is why I need to do SW. If I split this between three would that still be classed as syn free or would that be too large a portion.

    1. Hi Karen
      Pasta is a free food, so you can use as much as you’d like to. To fully follow the SW plan, eat to your own appetite but remember to food optimise, i.e. 1/3 of a plate of speed food with each meal.

  23. I want to try this tonight but will be using mince instead of stewing beef. I can cook in the oven or slow cooker – what would be best? For how long and at what temp?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Lauren
      The instructions tell you Med/High. If your slow cooker doesn’t have a medium setting, use high. 🙂

  24. Hi, I’m out of the house most of the day, so would I be better cooking this on low for a longer period of time? I’ll be using a slow cooker instead of the instant pot. 🙂 TIA.

  25. Made this in my pkp took 30mins on the stew function. Absolutely gorgeous will do some garlic bread next time to dip in. Definitely a winner in our house loved it

  26. Would it be ok to cook it and let it NPR and then keep warm for a while? Planning to put it on, go and collect the kids and then eat when we get back so not sure how long will be out for!

  27. Just had this for tea but think I’m missing something, just seemed like it was missing g something, only thing I didn’t have was dried basil so I used fresh, would that have made big difference though? Just tasted bit bland. I cooked it in the oven in casserole dish be wise I don’t have slow cooker, at 160 for 3.5 hrs. Any advice appreciated X

    1. Hi Leah
      This recipe has had lots of really positive feedback, so I’m sorry you didn’t think it had enough flavour. Dried herbs are more potent than fresh, so that might have made a difference. You can obviously dial up the herbs and spices to suit your own personal tastes, so perhaps try adding more next time! 👍🏻

    1. Hi Karen
      The actifry doesn’t have the capacity to hold all the ingredients in this recipe once the pasta is added, so it’s probably easier to use the methods detailed on the recipe card. Hope that helps! 🙂

  28. Hi,
    My hubby has just started weight watchers. It says above 8 points but what portion size is that based on? The whole dish inc pasta??

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Hannah
      The calories listed are for the ingredients as listed on the recipe card, so the pasta is included. It works out at 8 WW points per serving. Thanks for getting in touch!

    1. Hi Tina
      This was one of the first recipes I made when I joined Pinch of Nom. I still love it, family favourite in our house! 🙂
      So glad you enjoyed it!

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