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Pappardelle with duck ragù

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for pappardelle with duck ragù.

By Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 6 - 8
  • 40 mins preparation
  • 3 hrs cooking plus resting
Pappardelle with duck ragù
Pappardelle with duck ragù

If your duck is quite fatty, trim off as much of the fat as you can; otherwise chill the meat and stock after it's cooked and remove the fat that sets on the surface.


  • 2½ tbsp olive oil
  • 80 gm mild pancetta, diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 250 ml dry white wine
  • 60 ml Madeira
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 duck (about 1.8kg), excess fat trimmed, parson's nose discarded, quartered, skin scored
  • 250 ml (1 cup) veal stock
  • 500 gm (3 cups) “00” flour
  • 5 eggs


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 140C. Heat olive oil in a large casserole over low-medium heat, add pancetta, onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender (1 hour). Add tomato paste and stir occasionally until paste darkens (3-5 minutes), then add wine, Madeira and thyme, season to taste and stir to combine. Keep warm.
  • 2
    Cook duck skin-side down in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat until fat renders and skin is golden (15 minutes), then transfer duck to casserole (discard fat). Add stock, then cover casserole with baking paper and foil or a lid and braise in oven until duck falls from the bone (3 hours). Remove duck from stock, cool slightly, then shred meat (discard skin), transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until required. Refrigerate stock for 2-3 hours, then skim fat from surface. Bring stock to the boil in a saucepan over high heat, then season to taste, add shredded duck, stir to combine and keep warm.
  • 3
    For pappardelle, blend flour, eggs and a large pinch of salt in a food processor until a dough forms, then transfer to a bench and knead into a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, flatten to a disc and set aside to rest (30 minutes). Working with a quarter of the dough at a time, roll through a pasta machine to the second-to-last setting, then, using a pasta wheel, cut 2.5cm-wide strips, lightly flour and hang over a chair while you roll remaining dough. Cook pappardelle in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (1-2 minutes). Drain, reserving a little pasta water, then toss pasta in sauce, adding a little reserved cooking water if necessary. Serve pasta and ragù scattered with pecorino.


Drink Suggestion: Rich, serious red such as Amarone. Drink suggestion by Max Allen