Sunday, 24 July 2011

Lamb shank ragú with tagliatelle

Lamby goodness

So, the photo I took of this really doesn’t do it justice. Honestly, this could be a contender for my favourite comfort food meal. Ok, so it’s not the healthiest bowl of pasta in the world, but it does include some vegetation, and if you skim off some of the lamb fat, I don’t think it’s that bad. This is a good one to make if, like me, you loooove Bolognese, but fancy switching it up a bit.
Lamb shank ragú with tagliatelle
Serves 8 (this freezes really well too, so I would encourage you to make this amount, even if you’re only making dinner for yourself.)
4 lamb shanks
1 large onion
2 sticks of celery
1 large carrot
2/3 pack of chestnut mushrooms
About half a bulb of garlic
1 tbsp dried rosemary
½ bottle red wine
Chicken/lamb/vegetable stock (I used chicken)
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
Olive oil

Tagliatelle, to serve.

Add some olive oil to a large pan and brown the lamb shanks. Once they are seared on all sides remove from the pan. Dice the onion, celery, carrot and garlic very fine and add to the pan with the dried rosemary and some seasoning.  Sweat the mixture on a low heat for 15 minutes.

Add the lamb shanks, red wine, tinned tomatoes and stock and simmer for a couple of hours, until the lamb is falling off the bone.

Remove the shanks from the sauce and shred the meat off the bones. Chop up your mushrooms. Add the shredded meat back into the sauce along with the sliced mushrooms. Cook for a further 20 minutes.

Skim as much fat as you can from the top of the sauce. Serve with tagliatelle and  lots of parmesan cheese.

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