Malloreddus kin Anzone
From The Private Collection of Arcodoro and Sweet Myrtle & Bitter Honey
Sardinian teardrop pasta with a lamb ragu and lamb chops
1 medium rack of lamb (with 8 chops) or 8
lamb chops, plus 1 lb shoulder meat
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 shallots, quartered
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 sprig rosemary
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
1 small white onion, chopped
1 cup Cannonau wine (or other dry red wine)
2 cups tomato sauce
1 sprig fresh basil, chopped
1 pound malloreddus pasta
½ cup grated aged Pecorino Sardo cheese (or
other pecorino cheese
If using lamb chops and shoulder meat, chop the meat into small cubes and set aside.
Clean the rack of lamb, trimming the fat and reserving the meat. Make sure that when you trim the fat from the lamb that you preserve the meat. Do not worry about precision – if there is extra fat on the lamb, it will reduce when you make the ragú. Chop the meat into small cubes and set aside. Divide the rack into the eight chops.
In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil, shallots, thyme, and rosemary over medium heat. Sear the chops on each side. Set aside.
Add the chopped meat to the saucepan and simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the bay leaf and onion. Simmer for 5 minutes, until meat has browned.
Add wine, stirring frequently, and deglaze, scraping browned bits from bottom of the pan. Add tomato sauce and basil. Let simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. (Add lamb or vegetable stock if sauce becomes dry.)
Return lamb chops to the saucepan and cook for another 15 minutes until the lamb cubes are tender. Remove chops and set aside, keeping warm.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add malloreddus and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until al dente. Drain. Transfer the pasta to a bowl. Gently mix in the tomato and lamb sauce. Incorporate the pecorino into the pasta mixture. Top each serving with two lamb chops.
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