Date Night American Lamb Ragu Rigatoni

Prep Time

 20 min

Cook Time


Total Time

3 HRs, 20 min



Lamb Ragu


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 small shallots
  • 1 carrot, (finely chopped)
  • 1 celery, (finely chopped)
  • 2 small yellow onions, (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 lbs. American Lamb shoulder
  • 1 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 28oz San Marzano crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups water, beef broth, or bone broth
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic
  • 16oz Rigatoni
  • 4 garlic cloves, (finely chopped)
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pecorino and parsley to top


To begin, heat a Dutch oven with a drizzle of vegetable oil. Cube and brown your lamb on all sides until browned on all sides. Remove from Dutch oven.

With the heat still on, add in your shallots, carrot, celery, onion and garlic cloves in the pot and sweat for 10-15 minutes. Add your tomato paste and red pepper and let the flavors combine and melt down.

Add your wine, balsamic and soy sauce and reduce for another 10-15 minutes. Next, add your crushed tomatoes, water or broth, rosemary, bay leaf and lamb back in. Mix well. Leave on the stove on medium low heat for about an hour.

Transfer to a 350-degree oven for another 2-3 hours until the lamb is tender and falls apart. Remove the lamb chunks, shred them and add back in your sauce. This is the time where you can transfer your sauce to the fridge or freezer.

To finish your Ragu, mix cooked rigatoni and a dash of heavy cream in a pan with your pasta lamb ragu, top with Pecorino and parsley, serve and enjoy!

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.

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