As part of a pan-European campaign, “Cheese. Your Way.” supported locally by the National Dairy Council, Irish ambassador Donal Skehan has developed a series of delicious cheesy recipes, including this one-pot, 3 Cheese Beef Ragu Pasta Bake. We think this would work great as a mid-week family meal or to impress guests at the weekend!

3 Cheese Beef Ragu Pasta Bake

What You’ll Need: 

3 tbsp olive oil
500g beef mince
100g smoked bacon lardons
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 small carrot, peeled and finely chopped
250ml red wine
200ml milk
1 tsp dried oregano
750ml passata

2 tbsps tomato purée
500g rigatoni
1 litre vegetable stock
200g blue cheese, roughly crumbled
200g cheddar cheese, roughly grated
1 x 150g ball buffalo mozzarella, roughly torn
Large handful of basil leaves
Sea salt and ground black pepper

Cook time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large ovenproof casserole pan over a high heat. Add the
mince and fry for 6-8 minutes until browned. Remove the mince from the pan and set aside on
a plate.

Heat another tablespoon of the oil in the pan, then add the bacon and fry for about 2 minutes
until cooked through and golden. Add the onion, garlic and carrot and fry for a further 3-4

Return the mince to the pan with the red wine, milk and oregano. Bring to the boil,
then reduce the heat and simmer for 5-6 minutes until reduced by half and the liquid has
thickened slightly.

Add the passata along with the tomato puree, stir through to evenly
combine, followed by the pasta and stock.

Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring almost continuously until the pasta is al dente.

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 5.

Stir through half of each cheese along with half the basil leaves. Top with the remaining
cheese, dispersing it evenly across the top and place in the oven to bake for 10-15 minutes until
the cheese is golden and bubbling.

Top with the remaining basil leaves and serve.


In addition to a developing recipes featuring European cheese, Donal will also host a food styling video workshop with one lucky Irish ‘foodie’ and a friend at his home in LA! This opportunity is open to food enthusiasts until Friday 26th July, more information and entry details can be found at www.cheeseyourway.ie