Duck Ragù Recipe with Bigoli

1 hour 30 minutes


Duck ragù

  • 500g of minced duck, including fat and skin (ideally from Barbary or Muscovy duck)
  • 2 garlic cloves, slightly crushed
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 240ml of dry white wine
  • 480ml of duck stock, or vegetable stock
  • 2 juniper berries
  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt
  • black pepper, freshly ground

To serve

  • 500g of fresh bigoli pasta, (or thick fresh spaghetti)
  • 100g of Parmesan


To make the duck ragù, heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan set over a medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and rosemary and allow them to infuse in the oil for a couple of minutes, stirring often
Next, add the duck mince and increase to a medium-high heat. Cook for 4–5 minutes, until evenly browned; season generously
Pour in the wine and stock and add the juniper berries. Bring everything to a simmer then reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid
Cook the ragù for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally and adding a little stock if the ragù becomes too dry
Once the liquid has reduced completely and only and oily sauce remains, remove from the heat and discard the rosemary, juniper and garlic. Cover and keep warm
Finally, bring a large pan of salted water to a rolling boil. Lower in the bigoli and cook for 5–6 minutes if fresh, about 10 minutes if dry (the exact time will depend on the type of pasta, try to keep it al dente)
Meanwhile, set the ragù back over a medium heat. When the pasta is ready, drain and top it with the meat sauce and half of the grated Parmesan. Toss until any water has been absorbed and the pasta is evenly seasoned. Serve along side the rest of the grated Parmesan