Chef's Recipes

Stracci with hare and radicchio

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for stracci with hare and radicchio by Mitchell Orr from 121BC in Sydney.

By Mitchell Orr
  • Serves 6
  • 45 mins preparation
  • 4 hrs 30 mins cooking
Stracci with hare and radicchio
Stracci with hare and radicchio

"Stracci is a rag-shaped pasta," explains Orr. "You can use the leftover pasta from making ravioli to make entrée-sized portions. Or just roll and roughly cut stracci from basic pasta dough.
Get Mitch's basic pasta recipe.


  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
  • 1 hare (about 2.5kg), jointed (see note)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 4 juniper berries
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 150 ml dry white wine
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 small radicchio (150gm), coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley
  • 100 gm butter, coarsely chopped


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160C. Heat half the olive oil in a casserole over medium-high heat and brown the hare in 2 batches (2-4 minutes each). Set aside. Add remaining oil to casserole, reduce heat to medium and caramelise the onion and garlic (5-7 minutes). Add spices and toast until fragrant (1 minute), then deglaze with wine, add thyme and thinly peeled rind, and cook until reduced by half (3-5 minutes). Add hare and 2 litres of water, cover with a lid or foil and braise in oven until meat is falling off the bone (3 hours). Remove hare from stock, cool slightly, pull meat into chunks and set aside (discard bones, skin and sinew).
  • 2
    Strain stock (discard solids) and reduce by half over medium-high heat to a concentrated sauce (40 minutes to 1 hour). Makes 500ml.
  • 3
    Add butter to reduced hare stock and whisk to emulsify. Add hare pieces and warm gently.
  • 4
    Cook stracci in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (2-4 minutes), drain and add to hare sauce with radicchio and parsley. Add grated rind to taste, toss with extra-virgin olive oil to taste, check seasoning and serve.


Drink Suggestion: An elegant but earthy pinot noir such as Lucy Margaux Vineyards Village of Tiers, from Adelaide Hills. Drink suggestion by Giorgio de Maria