Pasta Night at Home… That’s Amore!
The key to a successful meal at home is having a stellar recipe you know will leave you and your guests asking for seconds e. For a night in at The Tramont, an Italian pasta recipe is just what you need. Chef Victor King (of The Essential and Bar La Fête) always looks to his Lamb Ragu Bucatini recipe, which is comforting and yet not too heavy. The best part? It’s achievable for any home cook.
The dish, made from a savory combination of housemade bucatini, tomato, kalamata olives, yellow summer squash, espelette, lemon zest, parmesan, and lamb, is a nod to the favorited pasta from The Essential’s opening menu four years ago: the Rigatoni Bolognese with Chorizo.
The Tramont’s kitchens are designed with hosting and entertaining in mind. Many of the floorplans allow you to interact with your guests and loved ones while you are cooking, reducing the back-and-forth scramble from the kitchen. Each kitchen is also equipped with Miele appliances that allow even the novice home chef to shine. So, grab a bottle of wine, put on a little Dean Martin, and give your loved one(s) a romantic restaurant experience in the comfort of your own home.
Lamb Ragu Bucatini Recipe
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 medium-size (10-ounce) yellow onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 5 garlic cloves, crushed (about 3 tablespoons)
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh oregano or 3 tablespoons dried oregano
- 3 tablespoons ground coriander
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 4 teaspoons ground Espelette pepper, divided, plus more to taste
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 1 pound fresh, uncooked bucatini pasta
- 1 ounce pecorino Romano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 12 pitted kalamata olives (about 1/4 cup)
- Melt butter in a large high-sided skillet over medium; add onion, and cook, stirring often, until softened but translucent, about 6 minutes. Add garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lamb, and cook, stirring often and breaking up meat using a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Add wine; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until reduced by half, 6 to 8 minutes. Add stock, and simmer until reduced by half, 6 to 8 minutes. Add tomatoes with juices, breaking up loosely using a wooden spoon; stir in fresh oregano, coriander, bay leaves, and 2 teaspoons of the Espelette pepper.
- Reduce heat in skillet to medium-low; simmer until sauce thickens and becomes bubbly, about 20 minutes, stirring every few minutes to prevent burning. Add salt and additional Espelette pepper to taste. Remove and discard bay leaves.
- While sauce simmers, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high. Add pasta, and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water; set aside until ready to use.
- Stir together cheese, lemon zest, and dried oregano in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add cooked pasta, olives, reserved 1/2 cup cooking water, and remaining 2 teaspoons Espelette pepper to sauce in skillet, stirring constantly until sauce coats pasta. Divide evenly among 4 bowls, and top evenly with reserved cheese mixture.