Lamb Ragu with Penne Pasta
Weeknight dinners don’t always allow for long, slow cooking, so this ragu relies on the bacon and soy sauce to give a rich flavour in a shorter cooking time.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion with a good pinch of salt until tender. Add the bacon, garlic, rosemary, chilli flakes and fennel and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the mince, breaking up with a wooden spoon so there are no large lumps. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the wine and let it bubble up until it has all been absorbed. Stir in the tomato paste and soy then add the tomatoes. Season well and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook at a fast simmer for 20 minutes until reduced but not too thick. Stir in the parsley.
To serve: Add the hot, cooked pasta to the sauce and gently combine. Tip into a large serving bowl and top with grated Parmesan. Serves 4
COOK’S TIP: If, at the end of cooking, you still have quite big lumps of mince in the sauce, use a potato masher to achieve a smoother texture.