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Ricette Italiane (Italian Recipes)

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Ragù di Agnello (Lamb Ragù)

Recipe from: Chef Regina V. Smith
Servings: 6 to 8

1 large onion, chopped
2 carrot, chopped
3 celery rib, chopped
4 garlic clove, chopped
extra virgin olive oil
salt
3 pounds ground leg of lamb (you can substitute ground lamb shoulder)
1 cup tomato paste
3 cups red wine (choose a hardy wine)
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
3 bay leaf
1 bunch fresh thyme, tied in a bundle
fresh ground black pepper

Using a food processor, purée the onion, carrots, celery and garlic to a coarse paste. Coat a large pan generously with olive oil and set over medium heat. Add the pureed vegetables, season with salt and cook until all of the water has evaporated and the vegetables begin to brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Stir frequently and be patient—This is where the big flavours develop. Add the ground lamb, season generously with salt and cook until it is browned, about 25 to 30 minutes—Browned food tastes good; don't rush this step. Add tomato paste and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the red wine, rosemary and bay leaves. Cook at a lively simmer until the wine has reduced by half. Add the thyme bundle and enough water to cover the lamb, about 1 inch. Simmer for 3 to 4 hours, stirring and tasting frequently and adding more water as it evaporates. Skim the fat off the surface. Remove the bay leaves and the thyme. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Toss with al dente pasta and serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.


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