These kinds of dishes are always a personal favorite for two reasons. It is very kid friendly but it is mature enough for adults. I mean how can that be wrong?
Sugo basically means “gravy”. I have always been a big fan of ragu too. The difference between the two is sugo uses a good dose of tomato sauce while ragu traditionally uses red wine, stock and a small amount of tomato if any at all.
If duck isn’t your thing and lamb is make a lamb sugo, or beef, pork and even rabbit sugo. The meat used is really up to the cook so be creative. You could add all kinds of things to this but realize the simple recipe posted below is very satisfying.
Serves 4 to 6
1 pound duck meat, trimmed of skin and fat, cut into small cubes, a chunk of fat reserved
1 cup yellow onion, peeled, trimmed and small dice
1/2 cup carrot, peeled, small dice
1/2 cup celery, small dice
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup tomato paste
2 cups Pomi brand strained tomatoes
1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
1 pound of long noodles such as spaghetti, I used spaghetti made with corn flour
1. Place the duck fat into then add enough oil to barely coat the bottom of a 3 quart enameled Dutch oven. Place the pot over medium heat.
2. Let the duck fat render. Once it is spent remove the duck skin and add the onions, carrots, and celery. Season the vegetables with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper. Sweat the vegetables until they are tender.
3. Add the garlic. Once the garlic is fragrant add the tomato paste. Stir the tomato paste around and let it caramelize a little.
4. Add the bay leaf, rosemary, tomato sauce, broth and meat. Bring the sauce to a boil, season it with salt and pepper, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for at least an hour, the sauce has reduced and thickened and the duck is tender. Let it simmer longer if you have used a tough cut of meat.
5. Somewhere very close to the end of the sugo cooking time, cook the noodles in lots of heavily salted water according to the time and directions on the box. When the noodles are tender, drain them.
6. Plate the noodles, sauce and serve.