Linguini with Beef Ragu Sauce


Today I am excited to bring you an authentic Italian recipe.  Ginny from Cooking with Chopin, Living with Elmo contacted me about participating in a blogging book tour for a new cookbook called “A Family Farm in Tuscany” I love Italy (even though I have never been), so I was excited to see what this book was all about.

This is not just your ordinary cookbook.  It is full of all sorts of family recipes straight from Sarah Fioroni, and her family.  But is also full of so many wonderful stories, and background about life on their farm, and life in Italy.  You get a true sense of how important food and family is to them.  Plus there is a lot of talk about wine, which is never bad.

I picked your basic meat sauce to make first.  I have a meat sauce that I make, but I know it isn’t authentic, so I wanted to try this out.  It is wonderful.  The quality of tomatoes make a big difference in the sauce.  This is great to eat straight with pasta, or would be delicious in a lasagna.  I can’t wait to try out some of the other recipes in this book.  Fresh bread, fresh pasta, risotto, panna cotta…there really is a little bit of everything.

Yields 6

An authentic Beef Ragu Sauce, served with linguini. A review of the new cookbook "A Family Farm in Tuscany"

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

Save Recipe


  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cups tomato sauce (preferably San Marzano tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti, cooked according to the package directions
  • basil leaves for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Cook until lightly browned, 10-15 minutes. Add the ground beef, stirring to break into clumps. Brown the meat lightly, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and salt, stir until well combined. Cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, and toss with the cooked spaghetti. Top with Parmesan cheese and basil if desired.


Adapted From A Family Farm in Tuscany


Be sure to check out what else is going on in the Blogging Book Tour

Linguini with Beef Ragu - so comforting!

**This post contains affiliate links.  I was sent this cookbook to review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


  1. This looks so wonderful, Erin! I love the photographs. I’m very happy that you liked the book; thank you so much for taking part in this tour. Your contribution is valuable!


  2. Looks like a delicious pasta. What a fun cookbook from the looks of everyone’s recipe posts. Thanks for sharing have a great weekend.

  3. Looks delicious! I love an authentic Italian pasta- all the links look wonderful and remind me of how much I enjoy Italian food! Have a wonderful weekend;-)

  4. Amazing! You know I can resist a meaty sauce! Can’t wait to give this a try with some crusty garlic bread. Jason will be over the moon for this.

  5. This looks like pasta perfection!

  6. Love the rustic look of this pasta! The cookbook sounds delicious!!

  7. This looks like dinner perfection!

  8. This sounds authentic and molto buona!

  9. Erin yours looks so good. I was going to town on this the other night. I usually am okay with one bowl of pasta but I actually went back for seconds. I really loved cooking it in olive oil. Made a wonderful meal. Love you bowl.

  10. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes… I love a good ragu. :)

  11. I can eat this kind of dish every single day! Nothing like a good ragu!

  12. What a perfect weekday dinner. My hubby would adore this dish!!!

  13. I saw this on Foodgawker and I squealed when I saw that it was you. Good job on the pictures! :) The sauce looks great. I always use the same recipe so this makes me think maybe I should try something new!

  14. Great classic dish! Sounds like a wonderful cookbook, and yes, wine talk is always a good thing :)

  15. Great job on a beautiful presentation of this – I can’t wait to make it! :)

  16. This is comfort food defined, I could totally go for a big bowl for dinner tonight!

  17. Sarah Fioroni says:

    Thank you for being part of the blog tour! Your linguini look delicious!

  18. just a friendly comment – in the directions about sauteeing the veggies in the beginning, it says “cool for about 15 minutes” – I was VERY confused for a quick moment!!

  19. No offense people, however I read the reviews only to get other views on how this tastes, not a review of how good it looks! I never leave a review until I actually make the recipe, because I don’t believe anybody’s interested in my view of it’s pictures.

Speak Your Mind