Never one to relinquish culinary control easily, Trota is keeping a particularly beady eye on progress in the cartoon kitchen today…
Pappardelle al ragù – Dixie’s moving house
Why? Well, as a farewell treat, Fidget and Dixie have taken over the galley to prepare this heart-warming, simple dish. If you’d like to reproduce it, here’s how:
Now, because the ragù freezes well – and it’s as easy to make enough for two meals as one – these quantities assume you will want to do that. You will need: a carrot, a celery stalk, a small onion, 500g mince (half beef, half top-quality sausage meat), ½ glass of wine, 400g tomato passata, olive oil and parmesan. For pasta, we chose pappardelle all’uovo, but tagliatelle is fine too, if you prefer.
Start by chopping the onion, celery and carrot very fine and fry gently in a pan with olive oil. When softened, add and brown the mince. Pour in the wine and keep cooking until it evaporates. Add the passata and cook gently for 40min or so with the lid on, stirring every so often, until the sauce has thickened and is ready to beautifully coat the pasta. Once cooked, set aside the amount you want to keep for next time.
Cook your pasta (about 180g for two people) according to al dente instructions minus one minute. Drain and toss quickly into the sauce. Sprinkle parmesan very generously on top and you are ready to serve.
Of course, Trota needn’t have worried. Fidget and Dixie rose to the occasion wonderfully with this nutritious, homely favourite. All the best in your new home Dixie and friends – maybe next time we’ll try your favourite stuffed olives and coniglio in porchetta. Ciao!