Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table
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Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili

Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table

Well, I guess youre going to love or hate this dish, but I most definitely believe it will be the former. A teaspoon of Marmite added to the sauce gives this ragu a deep, complex and savoury finish that cheffy types call Umami.

A teaspoon of Chinese 5-Spice Powder adds a piquant aniseed kick that really takes the flavour to another level.

And finally, I added two teeny-tiny dried chillies to give a spicy background heat.

Serves 2-4

2 tbp olive oil
500g quality steak mince
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
500ml beef stock (from a cube is fine)
2 tsp dried Italian herbs
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Marmite
1 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 small dried red chillies
2 tbsp double cream
50g Parmesan, grated

1. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a large frying pan and brown the mince all over, approx. 4-5 mins

2. Drain the mince in a sieve and put to once side. Wipe the frying pan clean and add another tbsp oil, then gently cook the onion and garlic until soft, approx. 4-5 mins.

Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table

3. Return the mince to the pan, then add the rest of the ingredients, except the cream and Parmesan. Bring to the boil, then transfer to a a slow cooker or casserole dish. Cook on LOW (for slow cooker) for 3-4 hours, until the mince is very tender and the sauce has slightly thickened. For the casserole, put in an oven preheated to 160C/Gas 3 for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.

Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table
Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table

4. After the cooking time, transfer the ragu to a large saucepan over a low heat. Add the double cream and stir through.

Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table

5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente, approx. 8-9 mins.

Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table

6. Drain the pasta and stir through the meat sauce.

Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table

7. Serve with plenty of grated Parmesan scattered over the top.

Slow Cooker Mince, Marmite and Five-Spice Ragu with Fusili, Lay The Table
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Hi, I am Norbert Lacle former internacional chef and vice president of AB Universal LLC. I have found that cooking calms me down and relaxes me (at least mostly, sometimes it drives me crazy!) And that it even makes me happy and satisfied from time to time.

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