Rigatoni with Lamb Ragu with Mint

I had been wanting to try Giada’s Lamb Ragu with Mint recipe and I found myself with some leftover lamb shank that I had frozen from a dinner at Terragusto recently, and – in an effort to clean out my freezer – I changed around the recipe a little bit to use my leftovers.

½ lb. rigatoni pasta
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Lamb (like I said, I used leftover lamb shank meat that I defrosted)
½ c. red wine
2 c. marinara sauce (I used store bought)
¼ c. fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ c. whole milk ricotta cheese

1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
2. Sauté the shallot and garlic in the olive oil for a few minutes. Add the red wine and cook until reduced by half.
3. Add the marinara sauce and lamb meat. Simmer for 10 minutes and add the ricotta cheese.
4. Add the pasta and the fresh mint to the sauce.

I added some peas to this when I ate it the next night and thought it cut the richness of the sauce nicely. Either way, the lamb and the mint are a fantastic combination in this pasta dish.

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