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Silky pasta, and a complex, flavourful ragu. What's not to love?


Sarah Cicolini’s pappardelle al ragu di cortile

Serves 4


70g egg yolk
70g whole egg
50g semolina flour
190g farina 00 flour



60ml (¼ cup) olive oil  

1 celery stick, diced

1 carrot, diced

1 onion, diced

1 golden shallot, diced 

20g lardo or guanciale

100g pork mince 

40g pork liver, minced 

40g rabbit or chicken liver, minced

80g lamb mince

120g chicken mince 

60g rabbit mince

100ml white wine

Salt and pepper to taste 

1 teaspoon juniper berries

1 sprig thyme

120g parmigiano reggiano 



To make the ragu, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion, shallow and lardo or guanciale and cook until soft. Add all the meat and cooked, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, around 10 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Season with salt and pepper. Add thyme and juniper berries and continue to cook for another 3 hours. Adjust for salt.

To make the pasta, combine the “ours and place on a board or in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the egg yolk and whole egg. Beat the egg with a fork until smooth. Using the tips of your fingers, mix the eggs with the flour, incorporating a little at a time, until everything is combined. Knead the dough until a smooth, silky ball is formed. Cover and rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Remove from fridge, and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a sheet. Roll through a pasta machine using a pappardelle setting.

Cook pasta till al dente, keeping aside a little of the pasta water. For each serving of pasta, add 30 grams of parmesan cheese, and mix through with a little of the pasta water until creamy (this method of creaming the pasta is referred to as ‘mantecato’ in Italian). Spoon the ragu over the top and serve. 

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