Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pasta With Duck Sugo #SundaySupper

By: The Food Hunter

With the holiday season right around the corner I wanted to share an easy entertaining recipe. One thing I try to do when I am hosting a dinner is choose a recipe that you prepare in advance. Doing this leaves me ample time to spend with guests when they arrive.

Long cooked sauces are perfect for entertaining. They go on the stove early in the day and don't require much monitoring. When it's time to eat all you need to do is boil some pasta and serve with the sauce.Recipes like this allow you plenty of time to spend with guests while still being able to serve an amazing meal.

Pasta with Duck Sugo

(adapted from Mario Batali)

4 duck legs and thighs, skin removed
4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium carrot, minced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 stalk celery, diced
6 ounces red wine
1 24 ounce can whole tomatoes
1 cup chicken stock
1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
1 lb of pasta, homemade is preferred

Wash duck legs and remove all fat. Pat dry.

In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add duck legs and cook until brown on all sides, about 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from pan. Add onion, carrot, garlic and celery and cook until softened, about 7 to 9 minutes. Add wine, tomatoes, chicken stock and dried mushrooms and bring to a boil. Return duck legs to the pot. Lower heat, cover and allow to simmer for 1 hour. Remove duck legs again. Once they have cooled you can pull the meat off the bones and return the shredded meat to the pot. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, or until quite thick. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

When ready to serve: Bring a large pot of water and a generous helping of salt to a boil. Add in pasta and cook to package directions, making sure pasta is al dente. Do not overcook! Drain in a colander, then immediately add pasta to a bowl and top with duck ragu. Toss to coat and serve with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

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  1. I'm with you. Make ahead dishes are a great idea. I love that you chose duck for this dish!

  2. Oh wow this sounds awesome! I love duck but have never had it in pasta before!

  3. I always love a good pasta dish! Great post!

  4. The hubby loves duck---so I'm certain this would be a big hit at our house!!

  5. What a warm, comforting meal to serve to guests during the cold winter holiday season.

  6. I really thought those were french fries. What kind of pasta is this?

  7. You know, I have never cooked duck! And that homemade pasta....yum!

  8. This definitely inspires me to try duck! I have yet to try it, but you make it look appealing.

  9. That sauce sounds amazing! I have not tried or have access to duck but I really really want to try it!

  10. I love duck! This looks fantastic.

  11. Wow, what a decadent meal! I love those porcini mushrooms, yum!

  12. Yum! This sounds so flavorful especially with those porcini mushrooms. Thanks for sharing :)