Simple Lamb Italian Ragù

We love an Italian hearty meat sauce for topping our spaghetti or pappardelle. Lamb modifications things up a bit and are even more gentle than beef. This ragù is perfect for making a big batch on Sunday night time and freezing any leftovers for when your pasta craving hits—which I’m positive will be soon!

Simple Lamb Italian Ragù

Simple Lamb Italian Ragù


2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
onion, chopped
medium carrots, peeled and diced
stalks celery, chopped
cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 lb. ground lamb
1/2 c. red wine
(28-oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
2 tsp. freshly chopped thyme
2 tsp. freshly chopped rosemary
2 tsp. freshly chopped oregano
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, carrots, and celery and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add lamb and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 6 minutes.
  2. Add red wine and cook until mostly reduced, 5 minutes more. Add tomatoes, then fill each can with ¼ cup water and swirl around to catch any extra juices and add to the pot. Add fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 1 hour. Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

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