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Tamsin Burnett-Hall

Author of cookbooks for WeightWatchers and long-time contributor to Sainsbury's magazine, Tamsin's recipes are always creative. Although she's a specialist in healthy eating, she's not averse to decadent treats, too!

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Pork and fennel ragu

  • Serves 8
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Total time 1 hr 5 mins, plus cooling
3.4/5 rating (5 votes)
Pork and fennel ragu
Pork and fennel ragu

step by step

  • 1Heat a large frying pan and tip in half the mince. Fry, without extra fat, for 5 minutes over a high heat, stirring to break up the mince. Transfer to a casserole; repeat with the rest of the mince. Wipe out the pan.
  • 2Add the oil to the frying pan then cook the fennel and garlic for 5 minutes over a medium heat. Stir in the chilli flakes and fennel seeds and cook for 1 minute more before adding the wine. Allow to bubble for a couple of minutes then pour this into the casserole and add the chopped tomatoes, sugar and lemon zest plus seasoning.
  • Great with pasta or a jacket potato – or turn it into a delicious gratin (see below).
  • 3Cover, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 45 minutes until rich and slightly reduced. Chop the reserved fennel fronds roughly and stir into the ragu. Cool the ragu, divide into portions and freeze in airtight containers.
  • Why not turn this into a pork, fennel and mozzarella pasta gratin?

    Recipe photograph by Dan Jones

Get ahead

The ragu can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months. Defrost for 24 hours in the fridge, or 8-10 hours at room temperature.

You will need

  • 2 x 500g packs pork mince (10% fat)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb, finely chopped, fronds reserved
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp crushed dried chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 300ml dry white wine
  • 2 x 390g cartons chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • grated zest of 1 lemon

+ Nutritional Information