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Pappardelle with Red Wine and Meat Ragù
© David Loftus

Pappardelle with Red Wine and Meat Ragù

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This spectacular pasta dish combines pappardelle (a wide, flat noodle) with a meaty ragu made with red wine, ground beef and turkey and dried porcini mushrooms.

  1. 1 pound pappardelle
  2. 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  3. 1 cup boiling water
  4. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 2 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, finely chopped
  6. 2 medium celery ribs, finely chopped
  7. 1 medium carrot, very finely chopped
  8. 1 small onion, finely chopped
  9. 3 thyme sprigs
  10. 1 pound ground beef
  11. 1 pound ground turkey
  12. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  13. 1 cup dry red wine
  14. 2 cups tomato puree
  15. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  16. 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pappardelle until al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium heatproof bowl, cover the porcini with the boiling water and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes. Lift the mushrooms from the water and coarsely chop them. Reserve the soaking liquid.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the porcini, pancetta, celery, carrot, onion and thyme sprigs and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until the vegetables start to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no pink remains, about 5 minutes. Add the red wine and boil over high heat until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato puree. Pour in the reserved mushroom soaking liquid, stopping before you reach the grit at the bottom. Bring to a boil and simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until thickened and flavorful, about 12 minutes. Discard the thyme sprigs.
  4. Drain the pappardelle and return it to the pot. Toss with the butter and then add half of the ragù and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and toss with the 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Transfer the pasta to bowls, top with the remaining ragù and serve. Pass additional Parmesan at the table.
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