Hearty Pasta Sauce--Ragu Style


What a difference adding meat and red wine makes to everyday pasta sauce! Leftover roast beef and Holland House Red Cooking Wine work wonders to boost flavor. Add both to your favorite jarred pasta sauce or make our hearty pasta sauce -- a Bolognese-style ragu that is traditionally served with wide noodles.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 6 ounces leftover cooked roast beef (chuck, cross rib, or top round)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped, or more if desired

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans unseasoned tomato sauce

  • 1 cup Holland House® Red Cooking Wine

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg

  • ½ cup half-and-half

  • 1 (12 ounce) package Hot, cooked wide noodles such as tagliatelle or pappardelle

  • 1 tablespoon Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


  1. Coarsely chop, or shred by hand, enough cooked roast beef to make 1-1/2 cups. If meat is cold, cut into chunks and warm slightly in microwave to make hand-shredding easier.

  2. Heat olive oil in a 4-quart pot and gently cook garlic, basil, oregano and rosemary about 3 minutes. Stir in the 1-1/2 cups beef and tomato paste. Add tomato sauce, red cooking wine, brown sugar and cinnamon or nutmeg, stirring until smooth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 30-40 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat; stir in half & half. Serve over pasta, sprinkled with cheese if desired.


In need of a tasty roast beef recipe? Try our Burgundy Roast Beef with Savory Sauce. If you have leftover sauce from the Burgundy roast beef, stir it into this pasta sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

306 Calories
11g Fat
39g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 306
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 1465mg 64%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 23mg 115%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 1129mg 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.