Chestnut bigoli with venison ragout

It’s Fall y’ll!
Let’s celebrate the bounties of the season with one of my favorite flavor combinations: Chestnut pasta with a spicy and rich venison ragout. It seems such a complex dish to prepare, in reality is super simple, but will make your guests think you worked for days on it! If Italian comfort food could be just one dish, I think it could be this one for me. Memories of my falls in the Umbrian hills of Preggio, roasting chestnut on the fireplace. My uncle wild boar hunting. Each season has a plethora of new tastes and matching opportunities to savor them.
Let’s do it!

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  • Preparation time4 Hours
  • Rest time30 Minutes
  • Cooking time5 Minutes
  • CuisineItalian

Ingredients for the ragout

  • 1 poundground venison meat (substitute for any meat if you like)
  • 1rib of celery (minced)
  • 1carrot (minced)
  • 1/2onion (minced)
  • 2 tablespoonstomato paste (in tube, concentrated)
  • 1 cupwine (sweet, of good quality like Port)
  • 1 cupbroth (any)
  • 1carton of tomato sauce (13 to 14 oz)
  • (salt and pepper to taste)
  • 1 teaspoonspezie miste
  • 2 clovesgarlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoonsolive oil

Pasta dough

  • 7 ouncessemola rimacinata
  • 3.5 ounceschestnut flour
  • 3.5 ounces00 flour
  • 2eggs (large)
  • 2yolks (large)
  • 2 tablespoonsolive oil
  • 1 pinchsalt
  • warm water (as needed)

Pasta tools

  • 1 Pasta Machine Atlas Marcato

Preparation of the Ragout

  1. Place the minced garlic and oil in a large casserole, and saute’ over medium heat. When fragrant, add the remaining aromatics : celery, onion and carrot. Let cook until the onion is translucent.

    Add the meat and cook with a pinch of salt on high until all the juices have evaporated.

    Mix the tomato paste with wine and add to pot.

    Reduce by half.

    Add tomato sauce and broth, spices and let simmer with the lid ajar until the sauce has become rich and thick, about 2 hours.

    Taste for salt and set aside.

    If tomatoes are too acidic for your taste, add a splash of balsamic vinegar and keep cooking.

Pasta making instructions

  1. Gather the flours in a large bowl.

    Add a pinch of salt and make a well in the center.

    Place the eggs, the yolks, the oil in the center of the well and start incorporating with a fork.

    Incorporate water as needed switching over to using your hands, until you obtain a cohesive mass.

    Transfer the dough to a flat working surface and knead for about 10 min until smooth like in the picture.

    Cover the dough with an inverted bowl and let rest for 30 minutes.

  2. After the time has passed, cut the dough into small chunks and run it through the pasta machine and then the chosen attachment to make Fettuccine, Pappardelle or Bigoli.

    Keep the freshly cut pasta coated in semolina so won’t get gooey.

Assembling the dish

  1. Boil the pasta in abundant salted water until it comes afloat, about 3 minutes.

    Immediately toss in a bowl with sauce and additional oil to create a creamy consistency.

    Top with grated Pecorino if desired.

    Serve at once.

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