12/12/2011 02:35 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

Ragu Recipes: 7 Savory Sauces To Try

Now that winter is here, cozy and comforting dinner fare is taking center stage. And if you haven't made it already, there's a spectacular seasonal option ready to be explored: ragu!

Originating in Bologna, Italy, ragu is a meat sauce typically served with pasta. Also referred to as "sauce bolognese," it gets its name from the French verb "ragouter," which means "to stimulate the appetite." Below, we rounded up seven of our best ragu recipes, from a sausage-mushroom variation to one prepared with fennel seeds and whole wheat fusilli.

Looking for even more ideas? Check out our 12 Comforting Cold-Weather Pasta Recipes.

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