Pappardelle with Duck Sugo

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


This satisfying dish, which first appeared in our December 2013 issue with David McAninch's article The World of Duck, was adapted from Lidia Bastianich's cookbook Lidia's Italy (Knopf, 2007).


  • 2 12 cups duck or chicken stock
  • 14 cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 12 cup roughly chopped parsley, plus 2 tbsp. finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. rosemary leaves
  • 3 large sage leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 14 cup olive oil
  • 2 lb. whole duck legs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 cup dry white wine
  • 6 oz. fresh or dried pappardelle
  • 12 cup grated parmesan


Step 1

Bring 1 cup stock to a boil in a 1-qt. saucepan; add porcini mushrooms, remove from heat, and let soak until soft, about 30 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushrooms to a colander and squeeze dry; roughly chop and set aside. Pour soaking liquid through a fine-mesh strainer, discarding gritty sediment in pan; set aside.

Step 2

Purée 1⁄2 cup roughly chopped parsley, plus rosemary, sage, garlic, celery, and onion in a food processor until smooth; set aside. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Season duck with salt and pepper; cook, flipping once, until browned, 4–6 minutes. Transfer duck to a plate; set aside. Pour off all but 1⁄4 cup fat from pan, reserving remaining fat for another use; return pan to medium-high heat. Add vegetable purée; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and slightly dry, 2–4 minutes. Add reserved mushrooms and duck to pan and increase heat to high. Add wine; cook, until almost completely reduced, about 5 minutes. Add reserved soaking liquid and remaining stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, covered, until duck is tender when pierced with a knife, 1 1⁄2–2 hours. Using tongs, transfer duck to a cutting board; set aside until cool enough to handle, then shred meat, discarding skin and bones. Add meat to sauce and return to a simmer; cook until sauce is slightly thick, 10–12 minutes.

Step 3

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 3 minutes if using fresh. Drain pasta; add to skillet. Add half the parmesan, plus salt and pepper; toss to combine. Transfer pasta to a serving dish; garnish with finely chopped parsley and remaining parmesan.

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