Delicious Pork Ragu

5 mins Prep, 25 mins Cook Time, Serves 4


  • 8.8 ounces rigatoni pasta
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1.1 pounds lean pork mince
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 bunch basil, leaves picked, stems finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons no-added-salt tomato paste
  • 3.5 cups cherry tomatoes in juice
  • 0.9 ounces parmesan, finely grated
  • 4.2 ounces gourmet leaf mix
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


Step 1: Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water following the instructions on the packet. Once cooked, drain the pasta.

Step 2: Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 minutes until softened. Then, add the pork mince. Use a wooden spoon to break up any lumps and cook for approximately 6 minutes or until the mince is well browned. Stir in the garlic and finely chopped basil stems and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Step 3: Stir in the tomato paste. Then, add the canned tomatoes and stir everything together. Cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, for around 10 minutes until it thickens slightly.

Step 4: Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss everything together for about 2 minutes until the pasta is heated through. Season with pepper to taste. Finally, sprinkle the ragu with basil leaves and grated parmesan. Serve alongside salad leaves.

Total Cost based on a Walmart shopping cart = $17.32

$4.33 per serve (assuming you have Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the pantry)

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