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  • Writer's pictureJennifer Oppermann

Lamb Ragu

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Serves 6


1 large onion ( chopped finely)

3 cloves garlic ( minced)

I large carrot (cut in small cubes)

3 celery sticks ( cut thinly)

500g lamb mince

30g dried mushrooms

2 tsp fennel seeds

200ml red wine

600g passata

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp dried oregano

1 parmesan rind (optional)

Oil to cook onions

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Add the dried mushrooms to a small bowl, cover in boiling water and allow to sit for 20 minutes.

2. Heat a heavy-based pan and add some oil, add the onions, and cook for 10 minutes until softened. Add celery, carrots and garlic to the pan, cook for 2 minutes and remove them from the heat and to a casserole pot.

3. Heat the pan again, add the lamb mince and brown, you may have to do this in two batches. Add the cooked lamb mince to the casserole pot. Add the wine to the pan to deglaze and pour it into the casserole pot.

4. Add the Passata, dried herbs, mushrooms and the mushroom liquor, brown sugar, dried oregano, fennel seeds and Parmesan rind to the casserole pot. Cover with a lid and cook for half an hour. Take the lid off and cook for a further 40 reducing and thickening the ragu. Remove the Parmesan rind before serving. Season to taste

Garnish (optional)

Baby tomatoes, sage leaves or other fresh herbs and lashings of Parmesan cheese.

Serving suggestion

Pasta, couscous, green crunchy salad or a crispy baguette.

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