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Pappardelle with lamb Ragu

Italian, and this meat sauce is certainly inspired by the Sicilian combination of sweet lamb, dried wild mint and crushed chilli flakes, though I’ve added an Anglo note with a little redcurrant jelly. Pappardelle, those egg-rich, wide ribbons, are my favourite here, but do choose any pasta you want. And if you can find a bit of fresh mint to add as you serve, then go for it.

Serves

2 hungry people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tbsps garlic oil
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp crushed chillies
  • 250g minced lamb
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 15ml tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 1 1/2 tsps Worcestershire sauce
  • A pinch of salt
  • Grinding of pepper
  • 250g pappardelle
  • Fresh mint

Method

Step 1: Put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta, and warm the garlic oil in a small, heavy-based pan that comes with a lid, and cook the spring onions, stirring for a minute or so.

Step 2: Sprinkle in the herbs and chilli, stirring again before adding the meat. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring, until it loses a bit of its pinkness.

Step 3: Add the tomatoes, redcurrant jelly, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, then give a good stir and bring to a bubble. Partially cover with the lid and simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 4: At the appropriate time, salt the boiling water and cook the pasta according to packet instructions (ours took eight minutes), and once cooked and drained, dress with the lamb ragù. Sprinkle a little bit of fresh mint onto each bowl to serve.

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