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  • Cavatelli with Lamb Sauce

    The lamb sauce gives this dish a richness and depth of flavor that makes it perfect for dinner, especially in cooler weather. It pairs well with Salice Salentino, a rustic Puglian red, and some crusty bread.

    YIELD: 4 SERVINGS
    • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil
    • Salt, to taste
    • 1 pound (454 g) lamb stew meat, cut into small cubes
    • 1 large red onion, peeled, quartered, and thinly sliced
    • 1 cup (236 mL) dry red wine
    • 1 (28-ounce [784-g]) can whole tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 batch Cavatelli (see recipe) or 11 ounces (308 g) dried cavatelli
    • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • ¾ cup (177 mL) grated pecorino cheese, for sprinkling

    1. In a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Salt the lamb, add it to the pan, and brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Add the onion and cook for another 2 minutes, or until it starts to soften. Add the wine and cook for another 2 minutes, until the alcohol evaporates. Add the tomatoes and their juice. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for at least 1½ hours.

    2. Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring to a boil 4 quarts (3.8 L) of water. Salt the water generously, add the cavatelli, and cook to al dente, about 4 minutes.

    3. Drain the pasta, toss it with the sauce, add the pepper, and serve sprinkled with the pecorino cheese.

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