Gino D'Acampo's white ragu rigatoni recipe

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Serves4
SkillMedium

Try this flavoursome pasta dish from Gino D'Acampo made with beef and smoked pancetta in a tasty mascarpone cheese, nutmeg and parsley sauce.

Ingredients

  • 500g dry rigatoni pasta
  • 400g minced beef
  • 100g smoked diced pancetta
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 50g salted butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 150ml white wine
  • 200ml vegetable stock
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 100g freshly grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Method

  1. To make the white ragu sauce, use a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and the butter and fry the onion, celery, carrot and pancetta for approximately 10 mins on a moderate heat until softened and golden.
  2. Add the beef and mix well allowing the minced meat to crumble. Cook, stirring frequently, until the meat has browned for approximately 10 mins.
  3. Pour in the wine and cook until evaporated. Season with salt and pepper and add the stock. Lower the heat and simmer, without the lid on, for 30 mins. Stir occasionally.
  4. Mix in the mascarpone, parsley and nutmeg and allow to rest for 10 mins.
  5. In the meantime, in a large saucepan, cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and add immediately to the sauce.
  6. On a high heat, mix the white ragu sauce and the pasta together with a wooden spoon for approx 1 min. Serve immediately with plenty of grated parmesan on top.
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Gino D’Acampo is a much-loved, cheeky TV chef who often appears on ITV’s popular daytime chat show This Morning. Born into a large family in Napoli, Italy, Gino’s been working in kitchens since he was young and fell in love with the industry age 11 when he walked into his grandfather’s restaurant. Gino’s Italian heritage has a huge influence on his recipes. From a classic margherita pizza to a four-cheese macaroni cheese with peas, we’re sure to have a Gino D’Acampo recipe your whole family will love! With three children of his own it is perhaps no surprise that so many of Gino’s recipes are perfect for the hustle and bustle of a busy home. As well as regularly appearing on This Morning to share his culinary skills and the odd cheeky joke or two, Gino has also had several TV shows of his own including most recently Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape which aired in November 2018 on ITV. He also won over much of the nation back in 2009 when he was crowned winner of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. Gino has several best-selling cookbooks out including Gino’s Pasta, Home Baking and Gino’s Italian Escape. At the heart of all of his recipes is the belief that good ingredients can speak for themselves. On his website Gino explains: ‘My grandfather said that a good recipe doesn’t need lots and lots of ingredients because if the ingredients are top quality and full of flavour, why would you want to cover up or change their taste