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Pappardelle with Duck Ragù

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Pappardelle with Duck Ragù FOOD & WINE Wine Club Pappardelle with Duck Ragù
This brilliant twist on ragù uses purchased duck confit to create a rich, earthy sauce for pasta in a flash.
Servings: 4
Total Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients
4 store-bought duck confit legs
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup minced onion
1/4 cup minced carrot
1/4 cup minced celery
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 Niçoise olives, pitted and halved
1/2 tablespoon rosemary leaves
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 cups chicken stock
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 pound pappardelle
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese
Directions
1. Microwave the duck legs at high power for 1 minute, until warm. Remove the skin from the legs and reserve it for another use. Remove the meat from the bones and cut it into bite-sized pieces; discard the bones.

2. In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion, carrot and celery and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until slightly softened, 1 minute. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook, stirring, until browned, about 8 minutes. Add the olives, rosemary and garlic and cook over high heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the duck and stir gently to coat with the vegetables. Add the wine and simmer for 1 minute. Add the stock and simmer until the liquid is reduced to . cup, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in half of the butter. Cover and keep warm.

3. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain. Add the pasta to the rag and cook over moderate heat, stirring gently, until simmering. Remove from the heat and stir in the 1/2 cup of cheese and the remaining butter. Season with salt and pepper and serve. —Marco Canora