Cuts of meat on a Blagdon Farm Shop Chopping Board

Michelle's Recipe of the Month

Beef Shin Ragu with Pappadelle

Preheat the oven to 150ºC.


Season the beef with a little salt and pepper. Heat a dash of oil in a large frying pan over a very high heat and sear the beef to brown all over (you may need to do this in two batches). Set the beef aside. Reduce the heat to medium, add the butter and another dash of oil to the pan and cook the onion, garlic, celery, carrot and oregano for about 7-10 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Add the tomato paste and anchovies and cook for another few minutes. Add the wine, turn up the heat and let it bubble for 30 seconds. Add the stock and the bay leaf. If your pan is ovenproof, add the beef and its juices back to the pan and cover with the lid or, transfer everything to a covered casserole dish.

Bake in the oven for 3 hours, stirring a couple of times to ensure the beef stays mostly covered with liquid.


To serve

Remove the meat with tongs and place on a clean board. Pull the beef into chunks with two forks. If necessary, at this point you can simmer the sauce in a saucepan on the stove top to reduce and thicken it. Add the meat back into the sauce, taste and season as required. Spoon the meat sauce onto the hot pasta and sprinkle with grated Parmesan and chopped parsley. Serve with a side of green salad.


  • 800g Blagdon beef shin
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves, chopped (or use 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 anchovy fillets, chopped
  • 1 cup red wine (or use extra stock)

  • 2 cups Beef Stock
  • 1 bay leaf

To serve

  • Cooked pappardelle (or tagliatelle)
  • Fresh Parmesan, grated