Orecchiette with Balsamic Lamb Ragu

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You can recreate a rich lamb sauce over pasta, as served at the 2017 Greystone Flavor Summit leadership conference. Balsamic vinegar adds sweetness to this herb-rich ragu.


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Heat the oil in a large pan and saute the onions, sage, thyme, and oregano until the onions are translucent.
Increase the heat and brown the lamb with the onions. Add the pepper flakes and vinegar and reduce the liquid by 3/4. Stir in the tomatoes and juice; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until the sauce has thickened.

Step 3

For each serving, to order: Reheat 1 cup pasta in simmering water. Drain and add to a pan with some of the ragu. Stir in 1 teaspoon each parsley and butter. Plate and garnish with 1 tablespoon Parmesan and 2 teaspoon pine nuts.


  • 4 lb. Barilla Collezione Orecchiette
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 onions, diced
  • 24 sage leaves, chopped
  • 4 tsp. chopped thyme
  • 4 tsp. chopped oregano
  • 4 lb. ground lamb
  • 4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 4 1/2 lb. canned tomatoes with juice, crushed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 cup pine nuts, toasted

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Servings Per Container serving

Amount Per Serving
Calories 677
Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 70mg
Sodium 770mg
Total Carbohydrate 62g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 10g
Protein 30g

Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 14%
Calcium 11%
Iron 34%
Allergy Information:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.