Pappardelle, one of those favorite things!

Slow cooked Lamb Ragu+ Pappardelle

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  • Jan 13 2012

Lamb Ragu + Pappardelle

It’s definitely not about sick-processed fast foods anymore…Get with it friends! One pot-SLOW-cooked suppers are their way back to the table. And why not invite your friends and fam over for the weekend to join in on the one-pot fun? Forget that 5 minute meal, and get invested, cultured and imbued back into slow foods. Start channeling Mom again and stop with easy-quick-fix! xx ck

Serves 4

Ragu ingredients:
1 large red onion, diced
1 cup of celery, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 lb of lean ground lamb or 95% lean ground beef
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/3 cup red wine, merlot or cabernet, or ya know, whatevs leftover!
28 oz. can organic tomato sauce, NOT the sweet processed junk in the jar! The pure canned good stuff!
1/3 cup of water
1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Pasta:
8 oz papperdelle pasta noodles

For the ragu:
Place the onions, celery and carrots in a large pot with the olive oil and set over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt, and then add the spices after the vegetables have started to sweat, about 3 minutes. Cook vegetables until the water has evaporated and flavor has caramelized the vegetables slightly, approx 10 minutes.

Add the lean ground meat, stirring constantly, until the meat has been entirely broken down into bits. Cook until meat is thoroughly cooked, about 15 minutes. Season with sea salt.

Degrease the pan (if the meat is very lean, there will not be much rendered fat) by adding the wine and letting it reduce until evaporated (best to reduce it until its basically gone–will make the flavor more intense and concentrated)

Add the tomatoes and simmer slowly until the liquid has almost evaporated (the mixture should almost stick to the bottom of the pan). Approximately 20-25 minutes.

Add half of the water and cook for 10 minutes, as water evaporates and concentrates flavor. Add in the remaining water. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover for approximately 3 hours, low and slow. Make sure to check the sauce, stir approximately every hour and season to taste.

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  • Rana

    How can I get “pretty delicious’ autographed by you??

    • CandiceKumai

      @Rana:) Go ahead and email my team @ info@stilettochef.com and we accept checks for signed books + recipe cards as a bonus! or if you are in NY LA or SD we have events soon! xx ck nu00a0

      • Rana

        Candice, Super excited!!! Send my check and info yesterday. Want to get it personalized by you. Can’t wait to get it home.u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0u00a0 nn1/ Any cooking show in the works for justu00a0you???? nn2/Please come to Dallas, we love Cali girls!!u00a0nn3/u00a0What is your fav place to eat in NYC, I’ll be there in a cpl of wks??nnxxx Rana

  • Rana

    How can I get “pretty delicious’ autographed by you??

    • CandiceKumai

      @Rana:) Go ahead and email my team @ info@stilettochef.com and we accept checks for signed books + recipe cards as a bonus! or if you are in NY LA or SD we have events soon! xx ck
       

      • Rana

        Candice, Super excited!!! Send my check and info yesterday. Want to get it personalized by you. Can’t wait to get it home.             

        1/ Any cooking show in the works for just you????

        2/Please come to Dallas, we love Cali girls!! 

        3/ What is your fav place to eat in NYC, I’ll be there in a cpl of wks??

        xxx Rana

  • annie

    Hi! I’ve never posted on a blog before, so here goes nothin haha. My mom recently purchased two copies of Pretty Delicious, one for me and one for her. Tonight we made the soba noodle recipe and the bok choy recipe. And man was it ever delicious! As a vegetarian, I am always looking for healthy and “skinny” ways to create tasty meals. Thank you for writing such delicious recipes! I am excited to try more of them, and think I will see about making some meat substitutions for some of the omnivorous recipes. Keep it up! You’re an inspiration to a fellow Cali girl who is a foodie that wants to stay thin and sexy ;)

    • CandiceKumai

      Annie!! Thank you so so much!! I am thrilled to know that you love the book!! She is a beaut isn’t she?? I take it you go to Berkeley? My sister went there, smart girl, smart girl… you both must be! I hope you + your Mother love the book… I am a fellow Cali girl in NYC and it’s been a heck of a healthy stir-up!! No more surf for me, but adjustment is key. And eating healthy is a goal in life. It’s prevention for the mind, body and soul. Take great care of you! Love yourself and keep posted for my SF events!! they are here: http://www.PrettyDeliciousCookbook.comu00a0 Loads of love!! xx cku00a0

  • annie

    Hi! I’ve never posted on a blog before, so here goes nothin haha. My mom recently purchased two copies of Pretty Delicious, one for me and one for her. Tonight we made the soba noodle recipe and the bok choy recipe. And man was it ever delicious! As a vegetarian, I am always looking for healthy and “skinny” ways to create tasty meals. Thank you for writing such delicious recipes! I am excited to try more of them, and think I will see about making some meat substitutions for some of the omnivorous recipes. Keep it up! You’re an inspiration to a fellow Cali girl who is a foodie that wants to stay thin and sexy ;)

    • CandiceKumai

      Annie!! Thank you so so much!! I am thrilled to know that you love the book!! She is a beaut isn’t she?? I take it you go to Berkeley? My sister went there, smart girl, smart girl… you both must be! I hope you + your Mother love the book… I am a fellow Cali girl in NYC and it’s been a heck of a healthy stir-up!! No more surf for me, but adjustment is key. And eating healthy is a goal in life. It’s prevention for the mind, body and soul. Take great care of you! Love yourself and keep posted for my SF events!! they are here: http://www.PrettyDeliciousCookbook.com  Loads of love!! xx ck 

  • http://www.tastes-good-to-me.com/ kale

    u00a0I’m afraid I’m going to describe someone as a spring roll buffet and they won’t know what a compliment it is! ;)nSuch fab ideas as always, Candice!

  • http://www.tastes-good-to-me.com/ kale

     I’m afraid I’m going to describe someone as a spring roll buffet and they won’t know what a compliment it is! ;)
    Such fab ideas as always, Candice!

  • Emily @ www.emilysolives.com

    You actually just saved my life by telling me the correct way to roll salad rolls. I mess them up all the time and it makes me so sad! Saved. My. Life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614665500 Candice Kumai

      You’re always welcome! Get ready for my new cookbook “Cook Yourself Sexy”as i’ve got a whole section on sushi hand rolls! xxxu00a0

      • http://www.facebook.com/ChinaChao1 Lucy Wong

        OMG now I really want my book NOW! LoL!

  • Emily @ www.emilysolives.com

    You actually just saved my life by telling me the correct way to roll salad rolls. I mess them up all the time and it makes me so sad! Saved. My. Life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=614665500 Candice Kumai

      You’re always welcome! Get ready for my new cookbook “Cook Yourself Sexy”as i’ve got a whole section on sushi hand rolls! xxx 

      • http://www.facebook.com/ChinaChao1 Lucy Wong

        OMG now I really want my book NOW! LoL!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/ChinaChao1 Lucy Wong

    And I never thought about using corn until I read this! Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ChinaChao1 Lucy Wong

    And I never thought about using corn until I read this! Thanks!

  • Em

    This is so delicious, just made it today. I added a sprinkle of cinnamon and chia seeds.