This dish, with its ragù of lamb and local saffron, has true Abruzzo flavor.Plus: More Pasta Recipes and Tips

Anna Teresa Callen
May 1999

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Yield:
4 TO 6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a small saucepan, gently warm the beef stock. Add the saffron and let infuse. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the lamb, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat, stirring once, until browned, about 5 minutes total.

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  • Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook over low heat until softened but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer over moderately high heat until almost evaporated. Add the saffron-infused stock, sage and chile, cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes; remove the chile.

  • Cook the ziti in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente; drain and return to the pot. Add the lamb sauce and toss well. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a warmed bowl. Serve, passing the cheese separately.

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