Linguine alla Genovese, veal ragù, salsa verde from Pasta Sfoglia

Share

I’ve written previously about my love for veal breast, a wonderfully flavorful and inexpensive cut of meat that really showcases what braising can do. Recently I tried a new way to prepare it, from the cookbook Pasta Sfoglia by  Ron Suhanosky and Colleen Suhanosky and Susan Simon. I was thrilled when I came across this book (in a bargain bin, no less, for all of $5) having enjoyed a wonderful meal at Sfoglia in New York City last year. The recipes in the book looked truly unique, creative, and challenging – not just from a skill standpoint but from a taste perspective as well (I can’t wait to get good enough strawberries to try the spaghetti with strawberries, tomato and balsamic.) In any event, one recipe which immediately caught my eye was for Linguine alla Genovese with veal ragù and salsa verde. Preparing the dish was an all-afternoon event, but well worth all the effort given how delicious it turned out.

veal breast

I started with a 3-pound veal breast – a little smaller than the recipe called for but it’s what I had in my freezer to use up. That went into a good stove-to-oven pan for browning before being surrounded by chunky-cut carrots, onions, celery and parsley stalks (the leaves would be saved for the salsa verde.)

veal breast with vegetables

Next came the wine, water and a good long cook in the oven.

veal breast in oven

Once the meat was fork tender I took the breast out to cool enough I could shred the meat (and let one of my cats enjoy chewing on one of the breast bones!) I also cooked down the vegetables and broth in the oven a bit more to thicken it.

cooked veal breast

The shredded meat went back into the pan with the reducing sauce while I cooked the spaghetti noodles separately and made the salsa verde.

shredded veal

salsa verde

I wasn’t sure by the recipe instructions if I should have pureed the cooked vegetables or strained them out before adding back in the meat, but they tasted delicious as part of the final meal and weren’t overly-mushy.

Plated dish

All in all I think I may have a new favorite recipe for veal breast now, and the leftovers tasted even better the next day once all the flavors had truly merged together. Definitely a meal worth the time and effort to prepare!

Related posts:

  • Real Italians make their own pasta…Real Italians make their own pasta… At least, that's the joking comment I posted on Facebook this weekend.  The confession I left out was that I never had, in fact, made pasta before until this weekend. I know, it's […]
  • What’s for Dinner: Lemongrass Scampi with Fresh PastaWhat’s for Dinner: Lemongrass Scampi with Fresh Pasta After being on the road (again) for another week, I finally had a few days at home to catch up on cooking and other household projects. Yesterday I was in the mood to make a fresh batch of […]
  • Receipe review: Pasta with Jam Sauce by West CollinsReceipe review: Pasta with Jam Sauce by West Collins This past week I was approached by members of the "Misha Vengers" GISHWHES team, and asked if I would review a recipe for "Pasta with Jam Sauce". If you are not familiar with GISHWHES, it […]
  • What’s for Dinner: A Week in ReviewWhat’s for Dinner: A Week in Review I had a busy week so I didn't keep up with regular daily (or semi daily) postings. But here were the highlights of last week's culinary experiments and adventures in the […]
Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *