Looking for a delicious and hearty ragù recipe? Tuscan Beef and Sausage Ragù is rich, flavorful, and pairs wonderfully with polenta, making it a completely gluten-free dish.
You will love the rich, intense depth of flavor this dish provides from ingredients like:
- Italian sausage
- Porcini mushrooms
- Red onions
By using a red onion in this dish instead of traditional yellow or white, the dish packs a punch of sweetness that contrasts nicely with the earthy goodness of the porcini mushrooms. No additional herbs or spices are required to give Tuscan Beef and Sausage Ragù maximum flavor.
What is Ragù?
Ragù originated in Italy. Traditionally, it is the name used for a sauce served with pasta that is heavily meat-based. (And, of course, it’s also the name for a popular brand of pasta sauce!) However, ragù doesn’t have to be served with pasta. In fact, this ragù recipe is completely gluten-free (and low in carbs too).
Two Tips for Making Tuscan Beef and Sausage Ragù
Tip #1: For even more flavor in this wonderful dish, instead of reconstituting the porcini mushrooms in water, reconstitute them in beef broth. It’s important that you strain the liquid with a cheesecloth or coffee filter before adding it to the sauce to remove any sediment.
Tip #2: Don’t substitute the red onion. If you don’t have a red onion on hand, it might be tempting to use a white or yellow onion instead, but the red onion is an important part of the “soffritto” — the name for the trio of aromatics that creates this sausage ragù’s wonderful flavor.
What to Serve with Tuscan Beef and Sausage Ragù
The beauty of Tuscan Beef and Sausage Ragù is it’s so versatile. While ragù is traditionally served with pasta, that doesn’t mean you have to serve it that way!
Tuscan Beef and Sausage Ragù is particularly good when served with polenta. It tastes amazing on a bed of warm, creamy polenta for a main meal, or you can serve it on top of grilled polenta wedges for a delicious appetizer.
If you don’t know how to make polenta, check out my How to Make Polenta: Creamy Polenta, Grilled Polenta, or Fried Polenta post for all the details!
For a gluten-free option, the above-mentioned polenta is a good choice.
For a low-carb option, try serving Tuscan Beef and Sausage Ragù on its own or with low-carb crudites.
Tuscan Beef and Sausage Ragù
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ large red onion finely chopped
- 2 carrots finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery finely chopped
- 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms reconstituted according to package directions and chopped
- 1/3 pound bulk spicy Italian sausage
- 1/3 pound bulk sweet Italian sausage
- 1 pound lean ground beef 80%
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 1 14.5- oz. can Italian plum tomatoes undrained
- Sea salt to taste
- Black pepper to taste
- Liquid from reconstituting porcini mushrooms
- In a 5- or 6-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Then add red onion, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are nicely caramelized and tender (about 8-10 minutes).
- Add the chopped mushrooms and sausage. Stir frequently and use a wooden spoon to break the sausage into smaller pieces. Cook until the sausage is no longer pink.
- Add the ground beef and cook until it has browned. When finished, if any excess fat is in the pot, carefully drain it and discard it.
- Add wine. Deglaze by using a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. When the wine has reduced by half, add tomatoes and the liquid that was used for reconstituting the mushrooms. Stir to combine, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Reduce the heat to just below medium. Continue to cook for another 45-50 minutes while stirring occasionally. If the sauce begins to dry out, add a little water while it is cooking.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately.