Pappardelle with slow-roasted lamb ragù, blackened vine tomatoes, Parmesan and basil

May 26, 2017 (Last Updated: February 13, 2019)
June 2017 food & wine pairing

Recipe and styling by Claire Ferrandi

Assisted by Nomvuselelo Mncube

Photographs by Dylan Swart

Pappardelle with slow-roasted lamb ragù, blackened vine tomatoes, Parmesan and basil

Serves: 4 – 6
Cooking Time: 20 mins + 6 hrs, to slow-roast



  • 30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil + extra, to drizzle
  • 5 lamb shanks
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 x 400g tins Italian whole cherry tomatoes/chopped tomatoes
  • handful fresh rosemary leaves
  • small handful fresh thyme leaves
  • 125ml (½ cup) red wine
  • 125ml (½ cup) lamb/beef stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 450g dried pappardelle/tagliatelle pasta, cooked according to packet instructions
  • vine tomatoes, cooked until slightly charred in a hot pan
  • Parmesan, freshly grated
  • fresh basil leaves



Preheat the oven to 160°C. In a large stovetop-to-oven casserole dish, heat the olive oil over high heat and brown the lamb shanks in batches, if necessary, turning to ensure all sides brown evenly, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove the lamb shanks from the casserole dish and set aside.


Reduce the heat to low, add the onion and garlic to the casserole dish and fry until the onion is soft and translucent, 10 minutes. Increase the heat to medium, add the remaining ragù ingredients and simmer, 5 minutes.


Remove from heat and add the lamb shanks. Place the lid on the casserole dish, or cover it tightly with foil, and slow-roast in the oven until the meat falls off te bone, about 6 hours.


When the shanks are cooked, shred the meat off the bone using 2 forks, and combine with enough of the juices from the casserole dish to make a ragù consistency. Taste the shredded-lamb mixture and add extra seasoning, if necessary.


Serve the shredded lamb in bowls of pasta, topped with the charred vine tomatoes, grated armesan and basil leaves.

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