Chef Walter’s Flavors + Knowledge: Baked Pappardelle With Boar Ragu

Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Master Chef Walter Potenza, GoLocalProv Food Expert

Serve 4

This recipe may be served on a platter or as we do in a terracotta vessel which allows moisture to develop and prevent dryness. If you don’t own one any other baking casserole will do. Pasta type is purely personal; however a good rustic pappardelle is advised. You can also opt to make the pasta without the wine. 


Pasta Dough:

3 1/2 to 4 cups all purpose flour

4 eggs

1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

2 to 3 tablespoons Sangiovese wine or any other red wine

2 ounces extra virgin olive oil

1/2 pound boneless wild boar shoulder, cut into cubes

1/2 medium Spanish onion, 1/8-inch dice

1/2 small carrot carrots, 1/8-inch dice

1/2 rib celery, 1/8-inch dice

3 cloves garlic, sliced

1 tablespoon chili flakes

1 cup dry red wine

1 cup tomato paste



For the pasta: mound 3 1/2 cups of the flour in the center of a large wooden cutting board. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the eggs, olive oil and Sangiovese. Using a fork, beat together the eggs oil and wine and begin to incorporate the flour, starting with the inner rim of the well. As you expand the well, keep pushing the flour up from the base of the mound to retain the well shape. The dough will come together when half of the flour is incorporated.

Start kneading the dough with both hands, using your palms. Once you've formed a cohesive mass, remove the dough from the board and scrape up and discard any leftover bits. Lightly re-flour the board and continue kneading for six more minutes. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow resting for 30 minutes at room temperature. Roll or shape as desired.

For the ragu: heat olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Season wild boar with salt and pepper then add to the hot oil. Allow boar to brown evenly, taking care not to let the oil burn (around 10-15 minutes). Remove boar from the pan and set aside. Drain any excess fat from the pan then add onion, celery, carrot and garlic. Allow vegetables to cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Add chili flakes then deglaze pan with wine.

Return the boar to the pan and allow cooking until the wine is almost completely reduced. Add tomato and allow ragu to gently simmer for an hour to an hour and a half, or until completely tender.

When you're ready to serve, bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Place the ragu in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Drop the pappardelle into the boiling water and cook until tender yet firm. Drain the pasta in a colander over the sink and pour into the ragu. Toss gently to coat, and then pour into a terracotta pot. Top with grated pecorino cheese and bake for 8 minutes until all well amalgamated. Serve immediately.

Master Chef Walter Potenza is the owner of Potenza Ristorante in Cranston, Chef Walters Cooking School and Chef Walters Fine Foods. His fields of expertise include Italian Regional Cooking, Historical Cooking from the Roman Empire to the Unification of Italy, Sephardic Jewish Italian Cooking, Terracotta Cooking, Diabetes and Celiac. Recipient of National and International accolades, awarded by the Italian Government as Ambassador of Italian Gastronomy in the World. Currently on ABC6 with Cooking Show “Eat Well."  Check out the Chef's website and blog. 

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