American Lamb & Mint Ragu


June 21, 2022

Recipe provided by Well Seasoned - Elevated Meals with Minimal Effort! (, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Lamb and Mint Ragu | American Lamb).

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins


2 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 Medium yellow onion, about 1/2 cup

2 Shallots, about 1/4

2 cloves Garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 lbs Ground American lamb

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/4 tsp Freshly ground black pepper

1 lb Tagliatelle or other long flat pasta

24 oz. Marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade

1 cup Red wine

1/2 cup Ricotta

1/4 cup Fresh mint, chopped, plus more for serving

Freshly grated parmesan cheese for serving


1Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, deep skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and shallot and cook until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, stir, then cook 30 seconds longer.

2Add ground lamb to the skillet, then season with kosher salt and black pepper. Use a wooden spoon to break lamb apart. Cook until browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.

3Pour in red wine, then scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Cook at a rapid boil until wine reduces by half, about 2 minutes. Add marinara sauce, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.

4When water is boiling, add tagliatelle (or other pasta) and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain pasta and set aside.

5Return to ragu and add fresh ricotta cheese and chopped mint leaves. Stir to combine, taste, then adjust seasoning as needed. Simmer until ready to serve! You can either pour spoonfuls of lamb ragu over noodles or add the cooked pasta directly to the pot of ragu, then toss to coat. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese and additional chopped mint, as desired.