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Stewed Rabbit Ragu On Pappardelle


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  • 1 rabbit - (abt 2 1/2 lbs) cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Essence (see Bayou Blast recipe)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups veal stock
  • 8 ounces wild mushrooms wiped clean, stems trimmed, and tops sliced (such as wood ear, shiitake, morel, or chanterelle)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces pappardelle (wide flat pasta strips) (or fettuccini)


Servings 4


Step 1

Season the rabbit on all sides with the Essence, then lightly dust with the flour, shaking to remove any excess. In a large Dutch oven or pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the rabbit and cook until brown on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

In the fat remaining in the pan, add the onions, celery, and carrots, and cook, stirring, until soft, 3 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, and thyme and cook for 1 minute. Add the red wine and veal stock and cook, stirring, to deglaze the pan. Add the mushrooms, parsley, basil, and cooked rabbit and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the meat is cooked through and falls from the bones, about 2 hours.

Remove the pan from the heat. Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaves, and discard. Remove the rabbit and place on a cutting board and let cool slightly. Remove the meat from the bones and shred. Return the meat to the pan and return to a simmer. Simmer until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the butter and stir until incorporated. Remove from the heat.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just al dente, 8 to 9 minutes. Add the pasta to the pot with the sauce. Toss to coat.

To serve, divide among pasta bowls, sprinkle with cheese and additional parsley, and serve immediately.

This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

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