Tumminia whole-wheat pasta with lamb and artichokes. – The Pasta Project

Tumminia whole-wheat spaghettoni pasta with lamb and artichokes.

Pasta with lamb and artichokes

Pasta con agnello e carciofi.

Pasta with lamb and artichokes might sound like an uncommon mixture, however I’ve to say it’s completely mouthwatering. As I’ve written in different posts, lamb isn’t so fashionable right here in Veneto besides at Easter. Nevertheless, it’s fairly often eaten in Sardinia and Southern Italy the place sheep farming is extra conventional. This recipe comes from the island of Sardinia which is legendary for the standard of its lamb and artichokes!

ingredients for pasta with lamb and artichokes on white plate
Collect your elements and reduce lamb into chunks.

Lamb with artichokes is a conventional Sardinian dish, normally cooked at Easter. Since four million sheep dwell on Sardinia, it’s simple to seek out good high quality recent lamb meat there and, in fact, lamb is a vital ingredient in Sardinian delicacies.

Sheep in Sardinia

Sardinia truly has its personal breed of sheep referred to as ‘sarda’. The Sarda is indigenous to Sardinia, though you will discover it in different elements of Italy and the Mediterranean. This breed has very historical origins! It’s a descendent of the wild Gennargentu or Sardinian Mouflon, which nonetheless dwell on the island. These sheep have been bred for his or her milk, meat and wool for over four,000 years!

ingredients for lamb and artichoke ragu prepared in white bowls
Put cleaned and ready artichokes in water with lemon juice and chop parsley and garlic.

At the moment, Sarda sheep are thought of the perfect sheep in Italy for milk manufacturing. Actually, most Pecorino Romano and Pecorino Sardo is produced from their milk. Plus,the lamb meat can also be extremely prized and may be very flavourful, tender, succulent and simply digestible. Sardinian lamb has IGP certification, which is form of like DOC for wine!

cooked lamb and uncooked artichokes in skillet
Cook dinner lamb after which add artichokes.

Sardinian artichokes.

Artichokes are additionally a quintessential Sardinian ingredient and are ready in many various methods on the island. Referred to as the spiky Sardinian artichoke, or ‘Carciofi Spinoso Sardo’, Sardinian globe artichokes look completely different from different varieties. They’ve conical, elongated heads with sharp yellow-red spines on each their bracts and leaves. These artichokes are a lot wanted and have a DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) standing. This implies strict guidelines apply to the place and the way they’re grown.  Nevertheless, any kind of globe artichoke is okay for this recipe.

Though this dish isn’t historically served with pasta, I discovered many Italian recipes for pasta with lamb and artichokes once I was researching this recipe. So, it’s turning into a well-liked approach to serve it.  However, this dish will be made with out pasta too. The distinction could be that the lamb items are a lot larger and cooked for longer and the artichokes added later.

cooked lamb and artichokes in skillet
Add inventory and wine and cook dinner for 20 minutes

Different elements for pasta with lamb and artichokes.

Aside from the lamb, artichokes and pasta, the opposite elements are easy; simply two lemons, recent parsley, garlic, just a little wine and a few inventory. If you will discover natural lemons, these have extra flavour than the traditional grocery store ones. And are more healthy because the pores and skin is edible and never waxed.

For the inventory, I made lamb inventory from the bones, as I used the meat from neck chops. You should utilize regular inventory cubes or different meat broths. Nevertheless, home made lamb inventory does give the sauce a richer flavour and isn’t troublesome to make.

tumminia whole-wheat spaghettoni from Fontana Murata, Sicily

The Pasta.

Most Italian recipes for pasta with lamb and artichokes use tagliatelle or pappardelle. Nevertheless, I made a decision to make use of some Sicilian whole-wheat spaghettoni (that’s thick spaghetti)  produced from tumminia flour.

Lately, there was a progress in demand for natural whole-wheat pasta right here in Italy. There at the moment are numerous pasta makers producing the sort of pasta with completely different natural heritage flours and additionally it is obtainable on-line or in Italian specialty outlets.

cooked lamb and artichokes with parsley in skillet
Add recent parsley

Tumminia is an historical Sicilian grain which was grown in Sicily from the time of the traditional Greeks till the 1950s. Then, manufacturing was largely deserted in favour of different grains as a result of Tumminia must be grown organically and has a decrease yield. Nevertheless, it has many well being advantages for individuals with dietary issues. It’s low in gluten and excessive in fibre and proteins. Plus, it additionally offers the pasta a barely candy flavour, because of the sweetness of the grain itself .

whole-wheat spaghettoni pasta with lamb and artichokes in skillet
Cook dinner the pasta and add it to the lamb and artichoke sauce

Excellent for Easter lunch.

Pasta made with tumminia does have a stronger style than regular pastas, so I really feel it really works higher with heartier or extra strongly flavoured sauces. It was good with lamb and artichokes! With or with out whole-wheat pasta, this Sardinian pasta dish may be very tasty. It’s certain to be a favorite amongst lamb lovers and is ideal to your Sunday or Easter lunch.

pasta with lamb and artichokes

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Different pasta with lamb recipes to attempt.

  1. Lamb lasagna
  2. Sardinian fregola with lamb
  3. Spinach gnocchi with lamb ragu

In case you are all in favour of studying how one can make home made pasta and several types of gnocchi, try my store web page for some nice video on-line programs from my mates in Rome! Nothing beats studying to make pasta from Italians! Plus whilst you’re there why not order a duplicate of my newly printed autumn/winter pasta recipes cookbook!?


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pasta with lamb and artichokes

Complete-wheat pasta with lamb and artichokes from Sardinia

Jacqueline De Bono

This mouthwatering recipe for lamb and artichokes with pasta is ideal for household events and Easter. It is fairly simple to make and filled with genuine Sardinian flavours.

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook dinner Time 45 minutes

Complete Time 1 hr

Course Essential Course

Delicacies Italian, Mediterranean, Sardinia

Servings four

Energy 650 kcal


  • 320 g pasta reminiscent of spaghetti, tagliatelle and so forth (12oz) I used tumminia spaghettoni
  • 400 g boneless lamb (14oz) Shoulder is nice. I reduce the meat off neck chops and used the bones to make inventory
  • 2 lemons
  • four recent globe artichokes outer leaves eliminated
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • half glass white wine
  • 1 cup inventory rooster or veg inventory is nice. I made lamb inventory
  • salt for pasta and to style
  • 1 handful recent parsley chopped
  • black pepper to style
  • three tbsp further virgin olive oil

For lamb inventory (if making)

  • 1 carrot washed and reduce in half
  • 1 celery stalk washed and reduce in three items
  • 1 onion peeled and reduce in half
  • 1 bay leaf
  • lamb bones


  • Minimize the lamb’s meat into small cubes and preserve apart. (I used neck chops and made inventory with the bones)

  • Clear the artichokes by eradicating the outer leaves and the interior beard, reduce them into skinny slices and place them in a big bowl with the juice of 1 lemon, in order that they don’t blacken.

  • In a big frying pan or skillet, warmth the olive oil and add the peeled and chopped garlic cloves.

  • As soon as the garlic has softened just a little, add the chunks of lamb and brown for a few minutes, turning usually.

  • Season with salt and pepper , add the artichokes and cook dinner over excessive warmth for a couple of minutes.

  • Add the white wine and depart the warmth excessive till the alcohol evaporates.

  • Add I cup of inventory or scorching water, cowl and cook dinner over a low warmth for about 20 minutes.

  • Within the meantime, pot a pot of water on to boil for the pasta. Add salt as soon as it begins to boil and produce to the boil once more.

  • Squeeze the juice from the second lemon and grate the rind to make a teaspoon of lemon zest.

  • Add the lemon juice to the meat sauce. If obligatory flip the warmth as much as cut back the sauce whether it is too liquid. Add a few of the recent parsley to the sauce and blend it in.

  • Cook dinner the pasta barely lower than al dente in keeping with the directions on the packet. Save a cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta. Then add it to the pan with the sauce.

  • Combine every part collectively rigorously so the pasta doesn’t break and the let the pasta end cooking within the sauce. Relying on the kind of pasta you employ this might take a minute or 5 minutes. If the sauce appears dry add a few of the saved pasta cooking water. 

  • Serve instantly with a sprinkling of lemon zest and a few chopped recent parsley. 

For the lamb inventory

  • simply put the lamb bones, carrot, celery, bay leaf and onion right into a pot. Add a pinch of salt. Cowl with water, convey to the boil and simmer half lined for not less than one hour. If the inventory has plenty of fats that rises to the floor, you may skim this off earlier than utilizing it within the sauce.


Cooking and preparation instances don’t embrace making your personal inventory.
I might advocate whole-wheat pasta reminiscent of tumminia pasta, however you need to use whole-wheat or regular and differing types reminiscent of tagliatelle, pappardelle or spaghetti. Brief pasta reminiscent of penne would additionally go properly.
This dish can be served with out pasta. The lamb must be reduce into bigger items and the artichokes added after the lamb has cooked for an hour in wine and inventory. 

Key phrase artichokes, genuine Italian pasta recipe, Easter recipe, lamb, lamb ragu, natural pasta, Sardinian recipe

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