Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu. This Classic Italian slow-cooked meat sauce recipe has an incredible depth of flavor. The lamb shoulder is very moist, juicy and tender because it is cooked slowly in a crockpot on low heat for about 6 hours. I served this with homemade creamy polenta with mascarpone and parmesan cheese.
This Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu is made of simple ingredients: lamb shoulder, carrots, celery, yellow onion, garlic, anchovy fillets, marzano tomato, tomato paste, bacon ( or pancetta), bay leaf, chicken stock, dry red wine, and rosemary. To remove the bone from lamb shoulder, simply use your fingers to locate the bone, cut down vertically along the length of the leg to the bone, then begin to cut around the bone.
For this slow cooked lamb ragu recipe, I used a lamb shoulder, but if you can’t find one feel free to use ground lamb or a lamb shank. I browned the meat before placing it in the slow cooker for about 3-4 minutes on each side, just until a crust forms on the surface. For the sauce, I sautéed bacon, anchovy fillets, yellow onions, carrots, celery, garlic on a skillet, just until they were browned and tender. I then transferred all of the ingredients, including Marzano tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme and rosemary into a slow cooker for 6-7 hours on low heat. I served the lamb ragu meat on creamy mascarpone polenta. This creamy polenta recipe is so delicious, made of yellow corn grits, butter creamy mascarpone, and parmesan cheese from Stella® , and you may also serve this with Pappardelle.
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Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu Recipe:
Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu served with creamy polenta
- 2 pounds of lamb shoulder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 thick bacon slices (no nitrates added), or use pancetta (thinly sliced) -
- 4 anchovy fillets, rinsed and dried
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¾ cup dry red wine
- 28 oz can whole Marzano tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- ¾ cup chicken stock
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 large sprig fresh thyme
- 1 large sprig fresh rosemary
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- In a large skillet add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the lamb shoulder seasoned with salt and pepper, then cook until the meat is browned for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Cut into ½-inch dice and transfer into a slow cooker.
- In a medium skillet, add bacon (or pancetta) and anchovy fillets and cook until sizzling. Add carrots, onion, celery and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until softened for about 6-7 minutes. Add the red wine, bring to boil on high heat, keep stirring until the wine is reduced by half. Transfer into a slow cooker.
- Pour in Marzano tomato, tomato paste, chicken stock, bay leaf, thyme and rosemary into the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook for about 6-7 hours on low heat.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste. Served with pappardelle or creamy polenta, fresh chopped parsley and Stella Parmesan Cheese.
Creamy Polenta with Mascarpone and Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup yellow corn grits
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ cup mascarpone cheese
- ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese from Stella
- In a large heavy sauce pan, bring water to a simmer. Add corn grits, stirring occasionally over low heat until liquid is absorbed and the polenta is softened (for about 35 minutes).
- Remove from the heat and whisk in butter, mascarpone and parmesan cheese until well blended.
- Season with salt to taste. Serve immediately.