Slow-cooked beef with cheesy ravioli

Slow-cooked beef with cheesy ravioli
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  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.8 kg gravy beef, excess fat trimmed, cut into 5cm pieces
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 x 400g cans diced tomatoes
  • 250ml (1 cup) Massel beef style liquid stock
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) red wine
  • 2 x 250g pkts Grand Italian King Island Beef Ragu Ravioliacci
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) passata
  • 85g (3/4 cup) pre-grated 4 cheese melt
  • Fried sage leaves, to serve
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 90g rindless bacon rashers, finely chopped
  • 20g (1/2 cup) panko breadcrumbs
  1. Step 1
  2. Heat oil in a stock pot over medium-high heat. In batches, cook the beef, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a heatproof bowl.
  3. Step 2
  4. Add onion to pan and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add garlic and thyme, and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Add browned beef, tomato, stock and wine. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 45 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly and beef is tender. Season. Use a wooden spoon to break up large pieces of meat slightly.
  5. Step 3
  6. Preheat grill on high. Cook ravioli in a large saucepan of salted boiling water following packet directions or until al dente. Drain and transfer to a heatproof bowl. Add half the passata and toss until combined.
  7. Step 4
  8. Meanwhile, to make the bacon crumbs, heat the oil in a frying pan over mediumhigh heat. Add the bacon and cook for 3-4 minutes or until starting to brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl. Add the breadcrumbs to the pan and cook, tossing, for 2-4 minutes or until lightly golden. Return bacon to the pan and toss until well combined. Remove from heat.
  9. Step 5
  10. Spoon the beef mixture into a 2L (8 cup) ovenproof dish. Top with the ravioli and drizzle with the remaining passata. Sprinkle with the cheese. Grill for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden. Sprinkle with the bacon crumbs and fried sage leaves.