Braised rabbit pappardelle

Braised rabbit pappardelle

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 25 mins

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Serves 5

Slow-cook rich game into a delicious ragu to serve with ribbon pasta - stock and wine will keep the lean meat moist

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal633
  • fat25g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.4g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 wild rabbit, jointed (ask your butcher to do this for you)
  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and chopped



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 150ml white or rosé wine
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 500g pappardelle pasta
  • zest ½ orange



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 100ml double cream
  • small bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped, plus a few leaves picked to serve
  • grated parmesan, to serve



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


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. When hot, add the rabbit, brown on all sides, then remove from the pan and set aside.

  2. Add the bacon, onion and carrot to the pan and cook for 10 mins until soft. Add the garlic, rosemary and tomato purée, stir for 1-2 mins, then pour in the wine and chicken stock.

  3. Return the rabbit to the pan, season, cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for 1 hr until the rabbit is really tender.

  4. Remove the rabbit from the pan and shred the meat using 2 forks. Be careful to remove all small bones. Meanwhile, increase the heat under the pan and boil the liquid for 5 mins until reduced by half. Add the shredded meat and reduce the heat to low. Cook the pasta in a large pan of salted water following pack instructions. Drain, reserving a little pasta water to thin the sauce if necessary.

  5. Stir half the orange zest, mustard, cream and parsley into the rabbit sauce. Add the cooked pasta to the pan, toss everything well to coat and heat through for 1-2 mins. Serve in bowls with grated Parmesan, parsley leaves and the remaining orange zest.

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27th Nov, 2018
Very tasty and easy to prepare. I used fillet instead of whole rabbit so didn't need to worry about bones and the sauce still had lots of flavor. Omitted the orange zest as advised.
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15th Feb, 2018
I made this last night for a valentines day dinner and it was delicious. Like some other comments, the orange was way too much. I only tried a bit with orange on my plate, it's strong and will completely overpower the rest of the dish. I wouldn't bother with it at all but if it's your first try then as someone previously said here, to sprinkle a little at a time to taste is great advice. Otherwise a seriously good dish, one that I will be having again.
19th Oct, 2017
Beautiful! First time I’d cooked rabbit and wasn’t sure id enjoy it ,but it was delicious.
17th Dec, 2016
Forget the Orange... I tasted before I added it and it was beautiful.. after adding you just lose all other flavours. What is it with chefs... have to add citrus to all recipes? If you're not sure then make it without the Orange and sprinkle a little zest on to see if you like it.
23rd Jan, 2016
Delicious!!! Have made it several times now and it is a winner. Not too complicated, but tastes very exquisite.
17th Oct, 2015
Potentially superb, but be very careful about how much orange zest you put in. I think my idea on how to zest an orange is different from the chef's, final outcome for me and missus was WAY to orangey! Go a pinch at a time and taste.
28th Mar, 2015
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23rd Nov, 2015
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22nd Mar, 2014
This was delicious! First time I'd cooked rabbit...and the family loved it! Didn't change a thing.
16th Dec, 2013
My boyfriend and I LOVED this recipe!! So easy, will definitely make again! Best rabbit recipe I have ever done, the only thing we did differently was to drizzle some chilli oil over it to serve, delicious!


9th Jan, 2018
Would you be able to swap the rabbit in this recipe to beef?
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12th Jan, 2018
Rather than swapping, we'd recommend our tried and tested beef with pappardelle recipe:
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