Sunday, February 27, 2011

Recipe: Pasta in a Lamb Ragout

Attending the South Beach Food and Wine Show was truly a treat.  You were able to taste so many wines, alcoholic elixirs, and foods.  The taste buds were in over drive.  I was able to revisit so many Italian wines that we already carry, like Amarones, Chiantis, Proseccos, and some nice light crisp whites. 
While wandering around, I came across the Barilla Pasta Pavillion and sampled a very enjoyable sauce with their pasta.  Doris Italian Markets used to carry a nice variety of Barilla pastas but as of a few years ago, their pastas that are sold in the U.S. are manufactured in the U.S.  A representative of Barilla stated that Barilla is still family owned and has around 13 factories world-wide and use the same formula for manufacturing pasta in all of the factories. 

Unfortunately, many of Doris Market customers prefer Imorted Italian Pasta so we have eliminated the regular line.  However, some locations carry their award winning Barilla Plus Pastas which are enriched with extra amounts of protein.

Well here is the recipe I was mentioning.  For more recipes, check out www.barilla.com.

Pasta in a Lamb Ragout
Serves 4-6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 16oz. box of your favorite pasta
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/2lb. lamb stew meat, diced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 28oz. can (or 2 - 14oz. cans) Cherry Tomatoes
  • 4 leaves fresh basil, torn
  • 1/2 cup Locatelli Romano Cheese, grated
  • salt - at your discretion for taste
  • freshly ground pepper - at your discretion for taste
Preparation
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season water with salt (optional)
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet; add diced onions and chili flakes. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add chopped garlic and cook for 1 additional minute.
  4. Add lamb meat and brown well. Season with salt & pepper at your discretion.
  5. Deglaze with wine and continue cooking until all the liquid has evaporated.
  6. Add tomatoes and stew for 5 minutes.
  7. Cook Pasta according to package directions; drain and toss with sauce.
  8. Toss with basil and grated cheese before serving.
Buon appetito!
(all the ingredients in this recipe can be found at your nearest Doris Italian Market & Bakery)

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