"This is one of my favorite things on the planet," says Marco Canora about his savory rabbit stew. He loves sharing the recipe with his students because it's an opportunity to teach them about making battuto (similar to soffrito), a mixture of sautéed onion, celery and carrots that's the base for many Italian dishes. Slideshow:  More Hearty Stews 

September 2009


Credit: © John Kernick

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30 mins
1 hr 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season the rabbit with salt and pepper. Working in 2 batches, brown the rabbit over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until crusty all over, about 10 minutes; lower the heat to moderate for the second batch. Transfer the rabbit to a large plate.

  • Add the wine to the skillet and cook over moderately high heat, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Pour the wine into a cup; wipe out the skillet.

  • Add the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil to the skillet. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and rosemary bundles and cook, stirring, until the tomato paste begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the rabbit and any accumulated juices along with the reserved wine to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until sizzling, about 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of the stock, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover partially and cook over low heat for 30 minutes. Add the olives and the remaining 2 cups of stock and cook until the sauce is slightly reduced and the rabbit is tender, about 20 minutes longer. Discard the rosemary bundles. Serve the rabbit in shallow bowls.

Make Ahead

The stew can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.


Rabbit is sold at butcher shops and farmers' markets, and by D'Artagnan (800-327-8246 or dartagnan.com).

Serve With

Crusty bread.

Suggested Pairing

Marco Canora's rabbit stew will pair well with a full-bodied Italian red—nothing too delicate, as the wine has to stand up to the dish's rustic flavors. A good Montepulciano d'Abruzzo would be an ideal choice.