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Pasta - Double-Meat White Ragu Recipe


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     Pasta - Double-Meat White Ragu

Category   Entrees - Maindishes
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1 handful dried porcini mushrooms
1 1/2-2 c. vegetable stock or water
Salt and pepper
1 lb. buccatini (hollow spaghetti) or pici (fat spaghetti, not hollow)
1 lb. veal, patted dry
1/3 lb. bulk sweet italian pork sausage
1 sm. carrot, finely chopped or grated
1 sm. rib celery with leafy top, finely chopped
1 sm. onion, finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
10-12 sm. sage leaves, thinly sliced
3 T. tomato paste
1 c. dry white wine
3/4 c. milk
Grated pecorino-romano cheese, for serving

Place the mushrooms in a small saucepan and cover with stock (or water); bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer on very low heat to reconstitute (or pour 1 c. boiling water over them, cover and let stand for 10 minutes).
Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 c. of the pasta cooking water.
While the pasta is working, in a heavy pot, heat the EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over high heat until smoking. Stir in the veal to brown slightly, then stir in the sausage, crumbling the meat. Add the carrot, celery, onion, garlic and sage; season generously with salt and pepper. Cover and cook the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, then stir in the wine to deglaze, scraping up the browned bits from the botton of the pan.
Remove the mushrooms from their soaking liquid and chop. Stir into the ragu with their strained liquid. Stir in the milk, lower the heat to medium-high and cook to thicken. Stir the reserved 1 c. pasta cooking water into the ragu. Add the pasta and toss. Top with a liberal amount of cheese.

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