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Fennel-spiced pork ragout

  • 4.75 Star
  • Timer Prep 20 min
    Cook 40 min
  • Chart 593.0 cal/
  • Chef hat Medium


Chop the onions. Chop the garlic cloves. Roughly crush the fennel seeds. Leave some whole leaves to garnish plus tear the basil leaves.


  1. 1 Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole.
  2. 2 Add the onion and fry for 3-4 minutes.
  3. 3 Then add the garlic and fennel seeds, and cook for 30 seconds. Add the pork mince and fry for 5 minutes until golden.
  4. 4 Pour in the wine and allow to bubble until reduced by half.
  5. 5 Add the tomatoes with about ¼ can of water, then stir in the tomato purée; season.
  6. 6 Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 30-40 minutes over a low heat.
  7. 7 Stir in the basil.
  8. 8 Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to pack instructions.
  9. 9 Drain and divide among 4 serving plates, and top with the ragout.
  10. 10 Scatter with whole basil leaves and Parmesan shavings, and serve.

8 Reviews

  • Sherene M

    Great midweek meal and so easy to make. Enjoyed using pork mince for the first time and felt it was so much lighter than beef. Delicious! Next time I might add a little chilli powder to give it an extra kick!

  • Caroline

    I used sweet chilli sausages instead of the mince and it was delicious. Easy to do and everyone wonders what is in it!

  • Laura

    Easy and loved by whole family, ages ranging from 7 months - 29 years!

  • Evs

    Tasty! It's got a twist but doesn't put kids off. Great alternative to spag bol (boring).

  • Brenda

    This was very easy to make. It did my husband and myself twice and we both really enjoyed it. The only thing I did differently was after the mince etc was cooked through, I then let it simmer for about 20 mins with the lid off to thicken it. Delicious!

  • Micklemonkey

    Delicious and quick and easy to make. I firm favourite

  • Matthew

    Recipe was tasty. I would leave it for max half hour for reducing. Was really yum.

  • Janet Beaumont

    Have made this recipe several times and love its simplicity. Hard to believe a small amount of fennel seeds makes an incredibly taste.

  • Average per serving
  • Calories 593.0kCal
  • Fat16.8g
  • Saturated5.1g
  • Salt0.35g
  • Carbohydrates73.7
  • Sugar9.7g
  • Protein36.7g
  • Fibre5.6g