6 Minute Meals: White Dog Haverford's Lamb Bolognese

The Meal: Lamb Bolognese recipe from White Dog Haverford Executive Chef Mike Selser

Lamb Bolognese, rigatoni pasta, baby spinach, basil whipped ricotta (make 4 entrees)

For the Lamb Bolognese
Chef Tip: Make this ahead of time in big batches & store in the refrigerator or freezer so it's ready to go when you want a quick and delicious homemade meal
3 # ground lamb
2 each onion, small diced
6 cloves garlic, minced, about 2 tablespoons
2 qts crushed tomato
cup tomato paste
2 cups red wine
2 tablespoons fennel seed
1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
bunch chopped basil
bunch chopped parsley

Sauté lamb, add onions & garlic
Cook until soft and lamb is browned
Add fennel seeds and red pepper flakes & cook for a few minutes

Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and red wine
Cook on low heat for 30 minutes
Add freshly chopped herbs.
Chef Tip: The fat from the lamb adds flavor but drain some of it so that the sauce is not too oily.

For the Basil Whipped Ricotta
2 bunches basil
lb ricotta cheese
cup Grana Panado or Parmigiano Reggiano

Quickly cook basil in boiling water for 3 minutes then plunge into ice water
In blender combine the ricotta, grana panado and basil until smooth and green
Season to taste
Chef Tip: Don't over-blend the mix or the warmth from the blender will turn the basil brown.

To Finish
Cook 1 cup heavy cream under reduction and slightly thickened

Add lamb Bolognese sauce and baby spinach (about 2 cups raw)
Cook until spinach is slightly wilted
Add pasta
Chef Tip: Precook rigatoni in heavily salted water & store in the refrigerator
Toss & Plate
Top with a generous dollop of the basil whipped ricotta
Chef Tip: When the basil whipped ricotta hits the hot pasta, it will melt a bit and give the dish that extra cheesiness
Finish with a little bit of more of the Grana Panado or Parmigiano Reggiano, grated & serve

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379 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
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