homemade fettuccine with oxtail ragù

March 2, 2010 |  Category:   cooking

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I came back into town late last week knowing that I wanted to cook a nice hearty meal with some oxtails I had bought earlier in the week. I also thought it would be fun for the girls to give the pasta machine another try. As far as the oxtails, I have never cooked with them before so I needed some guidance. I found this recipe from Mario Batali, but made a few changes. I substituted bacon for the pancetta and red wine for the white wine simply because that’s what I had on hand. It also seems that in the original recipe the meat is left on the bone, but I instead chose to remove the bones and incorporate the meat back into the cooking liquid (after reducing it a bit) to make a sauce not unlike a ragù. There is no pasta in the original recipe either – it is served more like a stew, but this was great with our homemade fettuccine and ended up being exactly what I wanted to make. Once again, I’ll do my best to use the pasta machine more often because it is easy, tasty, and fun for the kids. I made a similar proclamation almost two years ago, so we’ll see how it goes this time around.

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  • chantaleP March 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Wow! Yum! Is C not the most cutest pasta cranker out there or what? Makes me want to to out and get a pasta-maker too..

  • rachel March 2, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    making pasta by hand is such a fulfilling activity. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos!

  • Rowaida Flayhan March 2, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    HI Jenna, wow that looks so delicious, I am sure the kids enjoying cooking and helping in the kitchen. Bless u all. Good night!
    Rowaida

  • Rachel | Fog and Thistle March 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    This looks amazing. Hungry and jealous now.

  • Janet March 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I love oxtail! My dad used to make veggie soup with oxtails and I make it pretty much every winter. The pasta looks great. What I can’t believe is how much its gone up in price…the oxtail. You used to be able to get it for practically nothing. The last time I saw it in the store it was like $8 a pound!!

  • Clive Baillie March 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Beautiful post. Makes me want to make pasta with my daughters. I’m not sure they would go for an oxtail ragù but I’d certainly try it.

  • Lecia/A Day That is Dessert March 2, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    This looks and sounds amazing! And welcome home.

  • trinsch March 3, 2010 at 3:46 am

    i LOVE oxtail! i have been cooking quite a few meals of it this winter – it’s so tatsy and makes the perfect hearty meal.

    i tend to remove the meat from the bones too. it makes it easier to serve for kids. and for me too, even though i do like to sneak-eat one or two bones as finger food while cooking 🙂

  • kathleen March 3, 2010 at 7:57 am

    looks delicious. some of my sweetest memories are ‘helping’ my dad. 🙂

  • Mary-Ellen March 3, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Claudine’s apron is the cutest! You make me want to pull out my pasta machine. I haven’t used it in years.

  • selkie March 3, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I remember my grandfather making oxtail soup… Where do oxtails come from these days? Are there Oxen farmers out there harvesting tails? Is there something being substituted, like Beef tails? Mark, you seem the perfect person to ask, today… Thanks!

  • Christie March 3, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Welcome home, Mark. How wonderful that you’re cooking with your daughters at such a young age. What a great bonding experience. As usual, your food looks amazing!. 🙂

    Just curious, is cooking oxtail “easy” for someone who is just learning how to cook and has never cooked oxtails before?

  • Allison March 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    My mother used to make an oxtail soup when I was younger, I was always so disappointed when that’s what was for dinner. I wonder how I would like it now. This really makes oxtails sound so deliciously appealing. I am definitely going to try this out. Yum.

  • pity March 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    that looks absolutely delicious, cant wait to try your recipe, well done, cheers from london

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