Recipes and wine pairing

Duck white Ragù

Weekend time, dear readers!
For this one, I thought about a particular and sophisticated recipe, the Duck white Ragù.

Ingredients (serves 6):

2 duck legs
4 thigh duck (you can replace the thigh with chest, easier to find)
1 shallot
2 onions
2 celery stalks
2 carrots
2 cloves of garlic
3 sage leaves
2 liters of water for the broth
1 laurel leaf for the broth
1 glass of Sherry (white wine or port are fine the same)
1 knob of butter
Extra virgin olive oil



Wash the duck, dry it and debone it.
Put the deboned meat in the meat grinder; if you don’t have it, you can cut the meat by knife, working it until you get small pieces of meat. In any case, keep a little of skin duck in the meat, in such a way as to make softer the white Ragù. Once ground, stir the meat with your hands.


Meanwhile, prepare the broth with the duck bones, the celery, carrot, onion and the laurel leave. Savory the broth and cover the pan with a lid, making sure to leave the heat to the minimum.


Chop the shallots, sage, onion and celery and sauté it in a pan, adding a spoon of broth to avoid burning the sauté: turn off the heat once the sauce will have acquired a golden color.3_Ragù_Bianco_Anatra_Thewinelifestyle


In another pan, sauté the ground meat of duck with extra virgin olive oil and butter: brown the meat over high heat, in a way which does not make it “boil” in its juices.
When the meat has acquired a golden color (see figure below) and has dried the liquids in the pan, blend it with a glass of Sherry (or white wine): later, add the sauce and reduce heat to a minimum.
Add salt and pepper and then the broth, in quantities of three ladles (see figure below).


During the cooking process (about 2 hours), remember to add broth whenever the Ragù is too dry: check it about every 15-20 minutes.


You can serve the Duck white Ragù on a plate of pasta, preferably a “short” one: the best match would be with Garganelli, a fresh Emilian short egg rifled pasta which captures the Ragù very well.


You can store the Duck white Ragù in glass or plastic sealed jars for about three days, in the refrigerator. You can keep for a week, if stored in the freezer. Before serving, thaw and heat quickly in the microwave.

And the wine?

For the Duck white Ragù, I chose “Capo di Terra” 2007 by Conti Sertoli Salis, a small Italian producer located in Valtellina.

It is a “Valtellina Superiore”, made from Nebbiolo grapes (the same for Pedimont Barolo and Barbaresco), Chiavennasca in the local dialect.


Clear and quite transparent, garnet red in color with orange highlights, “Capo di Terra” is a quite rounded wine, elegant and quite tannic.
On the nose, aromas of blueberries, currants, raspberries and other small red and black berry and violet leaves flower.


It pairs very well with the Duck white Ragù, without prevailing, but drying very well the oiliness of Ragù.

So, have a nice weekend and a good preparation!



Recipes and wine pairing


Hello everybody!

Here’s to you my recipe for the Ragù.
It’s very easy to prepare and does not require much time, from an hour to three, depending on your available time and the intensity of the flavor you want for the Ragù.
I hope this recipe will be clear to you: comment and ask if you have questions or if you want to share your results!


Ingredients (for 4 people):

200g of ground beef (7 116 oz)
100g of pork sausage (remove the external peel) (3 1732 oz)
Half carrot
Half celery
Half onion
3 extra virgin olive oil tablespoons (or alternatively, a knob of butter)
Salt, pepper, sugar, nutmeg (right amount)
200g of tomato puree (italian “Passata di Pomodoro”) (7 116 oz)
200g of tomato pulp (italian “Polpa di Pomodoro”) (7 116 oz)
1 glass of white wine (or red if you want to give a stronger flavor to the sauce)


Chop finely and saute, with a drizzle of olive oil (or butter) in a pan, the half celery, carrot and onion for 6-7 minutes, until it’s golden (see figure below).


Add the ground beef and the sausage (removed of its peel), suitably mixed, and sear it, taking care to “hit” it in such a way as to form many small lumps.

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Then, once the meat has dried of its juices, sprinkle the meat with a glass of white wine (or red, if you want to give a stronger flavor to the sauce).
Let the wine dry, add salt, pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.
Lower the heat to minimum and add the tomato puree and pulp.
Also add a teaspoon of sugar to counteract the acidity of the tomato.
Cover the pan with a lid, but not completely.

Every 15-20 minutes, stir the meat sauce and add each time, if necessary, half a glass of warm water, in order not to burn the sauce (see figure below, dried Ragù vs right Ragù).

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After an hour, the sauce is ready to be served on a plate of pasta, preferably a short type like “Penne”, “Farfalle”, “Tortiglioni”, “Fusilli”, “Rigatoni”.
However, the Ragù can be cooked for two or three hours more, acquiring a quite extraordinary taste!

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You can store the sauce in the fridge in a sealed glass or plastic jar for up to 2-3 days.
You can also freeze it to keep it more days.

And the wine?

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For the Ragù I chose “Les Haut de Cabanac” 2011, produced by Château Ségur de Cabanac.
This Bordeaux blend, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, ruby color with garnet reflections, has a good body, good softness and excellent balance, thanks also to Merlot. The tannins are very delicate, but can be perceived uniformly given the aging of the wine in barriques.
On the nose, aromas of coffee, white pepper, ripe red fruit (cherries and blackberries) and undergrowth. On the palate, spices and coffee.

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If you cannot find it, I recommend wines with good evolution, based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes; alternatively Sangiovese-based wines, such as Chianti Classico or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano!

And now, enjoy!