Wild Boar Ragu on Fettuccine

Total Time:
2 hr 25 min
10 min
2 hr 15 min

6 servings

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 pound pancetta or bacon, cut into small dice
  • 1 1/2 pounds wild boar shoulder (may substitute lamb, venison or pork), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons Essence, recipe follows
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1 pound portobello mushrooms, stems removed, wiped clean, and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes and their juices
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dark chicken stock, or chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pound dry fettuccine
  • Minced fresh parsley, garnish
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, topping
  • In a large heavy pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and saute, stirring often, until the fat is rendered and the pancetta is light brown and crispy, 2 minutes. Season the boar with the Essence, and add to the pan. Cook, stirring, until browned on all sides, 7 to 10 minutes. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until very soft and starting to caramelize, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

  • Deglaze the pan with the white wine and reduce until nearly evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, salt, pepper, sage and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the meat is very tender and the sauce is thick and fragrant, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream. Adjust the seasoning, to taste, and cover to keep warm while preparing the pasta.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until al dente, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain in a colander and place in a large serving bowl. Pour the ragu over top the pasta, sprinkle with the parsley and grated cheese, and serve immediately.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  • Yield: about 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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