Tagliatelle with a lemon pork ragù

Tagliatelle with a lemon pork ragù

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(29 ratings)

Takes 1 hour-1¼ hours


Serves 4
Authentic Italian tagliatelle with a lemon pork ragù

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal811
  • fat39g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre3g
  • protein43g
  • salt5.3g
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  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 100g diced pancetta



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 500g minced pork
  • 200ml dry white wine
  • 50g parmesan, plus extra for serving



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 1 large organic lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 400g dried egg tagliatelle (not durum wheat tagliatelle)
  • 3 tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Peel the garlic cloves, cut in half lengthways and remove the green shoot at the centre. Gently warm the garlic and oil in a large frying pan (big enough to toss the pasta in later). As it starts to colour, take off the heat and let the garlic infuse for 5 minutes, then discard it.

  2. Tip the onion and celery into the garlic scented oil, sprinkle with a little salt and return to a gentle heat. Let them soften, without colouring, for 8-10 minutes. They should sweat rather than fry, so if you hear sizzling add water, a tablespoon at a time.

  3. Add the pancetta and cook for another 6minutes, adding water as before. Stir in the pork and turn the heat up. Don’t colour the meat too much and avoid breaking it up. Add the wine and let it evaporate, then season. Pour in 200ml/7fl oz water, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Mix in a little water if the mixture gets too dry.

  4. While the ragù is cooking, put a pan with plenty of water on to boil. Grate the Parmesan and the zest from the lemon.

  5. When the water is at a rolling boil add 2 tsp salt, then the pasta. Partly cover, bring back to the boil, give it a good stir and reduce the heat so the water boils gently. Taste the pasta 2 minutes before the timing on the packet – remember it will keep cooking while it is tossed with the ragù.

  6. Drain the pasta, reserving some pasta water. Immediately transfer the pasta to the frying pan and toss well over a low heat. Tip in the parmesan and toss well. Add pasta water to dilute, or extra cheese to absorb excess liquid, and mix again.

  7. Toss in the lemon zest and parsley. Serve immediately.

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13th Jun, 2010
I used anchovies instead of pancetta, and added some mushrooms. Both worked well. Also the recipe did not include fresh lemon juice, which I squeezed into the pot while tossing the parsley and lemon zest. It made the whole dish a lot more tasty and not as heavy. Would definitely make it again.
17th Jan, 2009
A very simple meal to make and very tasty. I found that there was enough oil from the pancetta so didn't add any. My hsuband is not a pasta fan but as it was so meaty he enjoyed it t as well. Will make again.
14th Nov, 2008
Been cooking this since Jan '03 (Good Food mag). Firm favourite in our house, but without the celery! Cooking the pork & bacon in their own fat then adding the onion lessens the amount of oil used, so less greasy & lower in calories (if you're bothered)
26th Oct, 2008
Believe me this recipe is to die for. So simple, and easy to do, its one of our family favourites. One problem - never enough left for seconds for everyone!
12th Sep, 2008
Absolutely loved by all who have tried it. Like the idea above of adding mushrooms though.
22nd Aug, 2008
Really nice filling dinner, a good alternative to beef mince!
15th Jun, 2008
My friends and family all love this dish, and there's never a drop left on the plate it's so "yummy"
10th Jun, 2008
Nice dish but felt it might suit beef mince better. Is very meat heavy so will try adding mushrooms next time.
7th Feb, 2008
Really liked this dish, although it definitely needs to be served with a big green salad, as it's very meat heavy.
23rd Jan, 2008
We didn't like this one-too greasy with pancetta & oil + mince. May try again without oil & more lemon, maybe mushrooms too. Need to wait for a child-fre evening tho'. They were not keen at all.


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