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Help! Spectacularly bland ragu! How can I cheer it up?

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MakesCakesWhenStressed Tue 14-May-13 13:20:15

Making a lasagne and the ragu part is sooooo bland and flavourless. I've added more beef stock, more tomato puree and some balsamic vinegar but it's still dull. Any ideas?

madamecake Tue 14-May-13 13:24:16

I sometimes add a pinch of sugar, Worcestershire sauce or a small teaspoon of marmite, depending on what I think it's lacking.
Also try adding a bit more seasoning, just a touch more salt can perk up most dishes.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 14-May-13 13:24:22

Worcester sauce? Pinch of sugar? Herbs, ?

SneakyBiscuitEater Tue 14-May-13 13:25:51

Wine and fresh basil if you have it.

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 14-May-13 13:26:34


AMumInScotland Tue 14-May-13 13:27:20

Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder if you have any in

MakesCakesWhenStressed Tue 14-May-13 13:28:00

Wine? I wish.

Am not adding any salt as it needs to be toddler-suitable. Might try a spoonful with a little salt to see if that's the whole problem

silverangel Tue 14-May-13 13:29:39

Take out a portion for the toddler(s) and then add a lot teaspoon of salt?

MakesCakesWhenStressed Tue 14-May-13 13:37:13

that would be the best option but the sneaky bugger prefers the shirt off my back food off my plate so I have to give myself a larger portion then 'share' it. <sigh>

21mealspluscake Tue 14-May-13 14:30:00

Pinch of chilli flakes? Not so much that you can feel the heat just enough to give a little oomph. Smoked paprika works too, again just a pinch.

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