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Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta

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Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta. This beef ragu is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There's no better winter meal! #beefragu #polenta #recipe #dinner

This beef ragu recipe is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There’s no better winter meal!

Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta. This beef ragu is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There's no better winter meal! #beefragu #polenta #recipe #dinner

Hello!

I am here to save your winter weeknights. That’s right, this beef ragu is my dream comfort food. Soon it’ll be yours too, trust me.

If you’ve been any kind of long time reader of the blog you’ll know that I am obsessed with polenta. It’s my favourite cold weather treat and if you’re interested there’s plenty more polenta recipes right here.

But this beef ragu with polenta is one of my all time favourite polenta recipes. It’s just got everything you could ever need from a dinner, you know?

HOW TO COOK POLENTA PERFECTLY:

  • Start with equal parts chicken or vegetable stock and milk in a saucepan. Bring it to the boil making sure to season liberally.
  • Once your liquid is boiling you need your fine polenta, also known as quick cooking polenta (see recipe for exact quantities). Pour gently into the boiling liquid making sure to whisk constantly. That part is important, you don’t want lumpy polenta!
  • Once all of the polenta has been added then keep whisking as it cooks gently for a couple of minutes. Now just add butter and grated cheese to the mix and let it melt through before removing from the heat and serving.

Equipment you need to make perfect polenta…

Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta. This beef ragu is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There's no better winter meal! #beefragu #polenta #recipe #dinner

This recipe came about because beef ragu with polenta is one of the best things to eat when you get home and it’s freezing outside yet making a ragu can be pretty labour intensive and not ideal for weeknights.

If you don’t mind spending a bit longer then something like slow cooker bolognese might be more up your street.

I wanted something with all the flavour of a slow cooked, meaty dinner with minimal cooking time and ingredients. I was super happy with how it came out and the addition of marmite really helped to add to that umami flavour.

If you’re somewhere that doesn’t have marmite (ie. anywhere outside of the UK) then using a little concentrated beef stock will really help to add that meaty richness.

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS BEEF RAGU WITH CREAMY POLENTA:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Beef Mince (Ground Beef)
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Marmite (or concentrated beef stock)
  • Fine Polenta
  • Milk
  • Chicken/Vegetable Stock
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Butter

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this five ingredient beef ragu with creamy polenta…

Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta. This beef ragu is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There's no better winter meal! #beefragu #polenta #recipe #dinner

While we’re on the topic of marmite, you UK folks let me know what you think of it? I am a huuuuuge marmite lover. Toast with melty butter and marmite is my all time favourite comfort food but Will absolutely hates it and won’t even come near me when I’ve been eating it.

Anyway, I often like to add a scoop to beef dishes to make it that bit more meaty and rich.

Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta. This beef ragu is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There's no better winter meal! #beefragu #polenta #recipe #dinner

HOW TO MAKE BEEF RAGU WITH POLENTA (STEP BY STEP):

  1. Heat the vegetable oil and sweat the onion for a few minutes before adding the garlic.
  2. Add the beef mince. Once it’s browned add the tomatoes and marmite and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. While the ragu simmers make the polenta by bringing the milk and stock to the boil and whisking in the polenta.
  4. Add the cheese and butter to the polenta and serve topped with the ragu.

This beef ragu is an awesome meaty main course and one that we make a lot. Want more? Get all my other meat main courses before you go.

Keep scrolling to get the recipe!

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT ONCE YOU’VE MADE THIS FIVE INGREDIENT BEEF RAGU WITH CREAMY POLENTA?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

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Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta. This beef ragu is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There's no better winter meal! #beefragu #polenta #recipe #dinner
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Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta

This beef ragu is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There's no better winter meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 625 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Beef Ragu

  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 500 g Beef Mince
  • 2 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tsp Marmite (if you don't have marmite then you could use some concentrated beef stock)

For the Polenta

  • 400g Fine/Quick Cook Polenta
  • 1 litre Milk
  • 1 litre Chicken/Vegetable Stock
  • 60 g Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 60 g Unsalted Butter

Instructions

  1. Heat the vegetable oil over a medium heat and add the onion. Sweat for a few minutes until beginning to soften then add the garlic and cook for a couple more minutes. 

  2. Tip in the beef mince and make sure it's all broken up. Once the mince is completely browned pour in the chopped tomatoes and the marmite or stock concentrate. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes while you make the polenta.

To Make the Polenta

  1. Put the milk and chicken stock in a pan over a medium-high heat and bring to the boil. Once it's starting to simmer add the polenta and whisk quickly to avoid lumps. Turn the heat down and leave to cook for 5 minutes.

  2. Add the cheese and butter and stir through until melted. Serve topped with the ragu.

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Nutrition Facts
Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 625 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 370mg 15%
Potassium 645mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 13%
Vitamin C 17.1%
Calcium 13.7%
Iron 20.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Five Ingredient Beef Ragu with Creamy Polenta. This beef ragu is the perfect quick, weeknight dinner. It takes only five ingredients to make and tastes amazing served over creamy, cheesy polenta. There's no better winter meal! #beefragu #polenta #recipe #dinner

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Jill
    08/01/2018 at 9:43 PM

    This looks like the ultimate bowl of comfort food. Yum!

    • Reply
      Amy
      09/01/2018 at 10:16 AM

      It really is! Thanks Jill 🙂

  • Reply
    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings
    08/01/2018 at 10:21 PM

    This looks so comforting and I think my kids would love it! I’m always on the lookout for quick weeknight dinners!

    • Reply
      Amy
      09/01/2018 at 10:16 AM

      Thanks Karen!

  • Reply
    Kaitie
    08/01/2018 at 10:34 PM

    This looks amazing. What a great family style dinner! My kids would love this!

    • Reply
      Amy
      09/01/2018 at 10:16 AM

      Thank you Kaitie 🙂

  • Reply
    Hannah
    08/01/2018 at 11:46 PM

    Great Sunday dish! I love beef and I have to try the combination with the polenta, as I used to combine it with mashed potato.

    • Reply
      Amy
      09/01/2018 at 10:15 AM

      Thanks Hannah, the polenta is such a good accompaniment!

  • Reply
    kushi
    09/01/2018 at 12:59 AM

    Looks so delicious. Perfect winter meal.

    • Reply
      Amy
      09/01/2018 at 10:15 AM

      Thanks Kushi 🙂

  • Reply
    Linda
    10/01/2018 at 4:58 AM

    I love polenta too and this looks so yummy. I live in the USA and am wondering what you mean by “beef mince.” Is it what we call ground beef, which we use to make hamburgers?

    • Reply
      Amy
      10/01/2018 at 10:57 PM

      Yes! That’s right 🙂 I hope you enjoy the recipe

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