Lamb Sausage Ragout with Portobello Mushrooms over Fettuccine

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
4 to 8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Italian style lamb sausage, substitute with regular Italian sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 10 plum tomatoes, halves and pureed in the food processor (about 4 to 5 cups puree)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • Grilled Portobellos, recipe follows
  • 1/4 pound Pecorino Foje de Noce
Directions

Heat a large Dutch over medium-high heat. Add enough olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. Add the sausage and cook just until well browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots and cook until the vegetables begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add the crushed red pepper flakes. Add the fresh tomato puree and the red wine and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Bring a large pasta pot of water to a boil. Season with salt. Add the rigatoni and cook according to package directions, or until al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

Place the portobello mushrooms on the bottom of a large platter. Top with the drained pasta. Pour the ragout over the pasta. Shave curls of the pecorino over the pasta with a vegetable peeler.

Grilled Portobellos:

4 portobello mushrooms, stems removed

Olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat a grill or a grill pan.

Drizzle both sides of the mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on the grill and grill until tender, about 4 minutes per side.


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