Sardinian pasta with lamb sauce

Sardinian pasta with lamb sauce

Gnocchetti sardi al ragù di agnello

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Serves
4-6
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Alastair Hendy

The Sardinians, during their centuries of isolation due to so many invasions, lived mainly inland. As a result, they acquired more of a taste for meat and game. Many different types of pasta and breads are also unique to the island. Gnocchetti sardi or malloreddus as they call them, meaning ‘little bulls’, is a delightful pasta, ideally cooked with tomato-based meaty sauces. You can buy it in packets in good delicatessens.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
400g gnocchetti sardi
salt and pepper
80g aged pecorino cheese, grated

Sauce

Quantity Ingredient
5 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
600g lamb on the bone
or 600g lamb lower part of the leg, sliced
100ml dry white wine
tomato pulp, enough to cover the meat
or canned chopped tomatoes, enough to cover the meat
2-3 bay leaves
rosemary needles

Method

  1. For the sauce, heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion and fry gently to soften, about 6–7 minutes, then add the meat and stir to brown on all sides. Add the wine and heat to allow the alcohol to evaporate for a few minutes. Add the tomato and herbs, cover and stew slowly on top of the stove for 2–3 hours. Check from time to time, and add a little water if it seems too thick.
  2. Remove the meat from the juices and discard the bones. Cut or flake the meat in smaller pieces and return to the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and if extra moisture is still needed, add 2–3 tablespoons pasta cooking water.
  3. Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water until al dente, probably about 8–9 minutes. Drain and put in a large bowl with half of the sauce. Mix well, divide between the plates and top with a little more sauce and the grated pecorino.
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