Similar to many other Food52ers this came to me in the middle of the night, I went to bed thinking of salads and fritters and all of the sudden "PASTA". I think the flavor of blood orange plays very nicely with lamb, there's a specific sweetness to them that regular oranges do not have. The next day I gathered the ingredients and went to work, first on the ragu and the next day the pasta, coincidentally (and because of lost snow day class) it was lamb ragu day in class this week. I re-made the ragu using chunks of lamb in stead of ground lamb, and we used it to stuff raviolis. My instructors comment was 'This is f***ing good". I am not an expert pasta maker, I'm including a text book pasta recipe, but I think you could use store bought fresh pasta, though it will miss a touch of mint. —Aliwaks
Blood Orange Lamb Ragu
ground Lamb ( pref shoulder) best you can get
Aleppo pepper (or red pepper flake)
unsweetened cocoa or cocoa nibs
blood orange juice
Fresh Dried Mint ( mint that you've had fesh and then dried, sub fresh if you don't have any)
strips blood orange zest
canned chopped tomatoes
crumbled frecnh feta
julienned fresh mint
finely shredded blood orange zest
Fresh Mint Papparadelle
large fresh eggs
blanced fresh mint, squeezed dry & chopped finely
In a heavy bottom pot heat olive oil, add spices & zest and warm till fragrant then add in lamb, breaking it up into small pieces, season with salt & pepper, it will realize a lot of liquid, cook until almost all of it evaporated. It will take awhile, remove lamb with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Lower heat and mirepoix,and herbs. Sautee until caramelized, and dark rich brown (be really careful not to let them burn)
Stir in tomato paste and cook until it turns a dark rusty red (aka “Pincing”)
Add lamb back in, raise heat for a bit, add wine and deglaze, getting up all the brown bits, cook until wine has evaporated,
Pour in chicken broth, orange juice & tomatoes, braise over low heat for 3 hours. (can be done up to a day ahead)
Prepare pasta by boiling in well salted water,
Saute pasta briefly with ragu, adding small amounts of pasta water if too thick. Toss well , making sure that pasta is well coated
Serve with crumbled French feta, julienned fresh mint & finely grated blood orange zest.
Fresh Mint Papparadelle
Mound flour on a clean smooth work surface, make a well in center. Add eggs, salt, mint and 2 tablespoons water to well. With a fork, gently beat eggs and water until combined. Gradually stir in enough flour to form a paste, pulling in flour closest to egg mixture and being careful not to make an opening in outer wall of well. Knead remaining flour into mixture with your hands to form a dough, adding more water drop by drop if dough is too dry (dough should be firm and not sticky). Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes.
Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clean dish towel and let sit @ an hour
Divide dough into 8 pieces, then flatten each piece into a rough rectangle, keep the rectangles you are not using covered. Set rollers of pasta machine on widest setting.
Lightly dust 1 rectangle with flour and feed through rollers. (Keep remaining rectangles under bowl.) Fold rectangle in half and feed it, folded end first, through rollers 7 or 8 more times, folding it in half each time and feeding folded end through. Dust with flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Turn dial to next (narrower) setting and feed dough through rollers without folding. Continue to feed dough through rollers once at each setting, without folding, until you reach narrowest setting. Dough will be a smooth sheet (about 36 inches long and 4 inches wide). Cut sheet crosswise in half. Cut into 1" wide ribbons, I use a sharp knife, you could use a pizza cutter, keep on cookies sheet in a single layer dusted with corn meal, with layer parchment paper as needed.