Veal and pancetta ragu with rigatoni

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

  • 30 gm dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in ¼ cup warm water for 30 minutes
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 30 gm butter
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 100 gm pancetta, finely chopped
  • 1 kg minced veal
  • 2 tsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ tsp freshly, finely grated nutmeg
  • 125 ml (½ cup) dry red wine
  • 250 ml (1 cup) beef stock
  • 125 ml (½ cup) milk
  • ¼ cup (loosely packed) oregano leaves
  • 2 chicken livers, minced
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) pouring cream
  • 400 gm dried rigatoni
  • To serve: finely grated parmesan
01   Finely chop porcini and reserve liquid.
02   Process onion, celery, carrot and garlic in a food processor until finely chopped.
03   Heat olive oil and butter in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat, add onion mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until very soft. Add thyme, bay leaf and pancetta and cook for another 5 minutes. Add minced veal and cook for 3-4 minutes or until just browned, breaking up the mince with a wooden spoon as you go. Add flour and cook for another minute. Add tomato paste, nutmeg and wine, increase heat to high and cook for 3 minutes or until wine has reduced. Add porcini, reserved liquid and half the stock, season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add remaining stock and milk, cover and cook for another 30 minutes. Season to taste, add oregano, liver and cream and cook for another minute.
04   Meanwhile cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente, drain and return to pan. Add ragù, toss to coat and serve immediately with finely grated parmesan.

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES

FEATURED IN

May 2007

May 2007

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