Duck Ragu with Pappardelle

Serves 4

3 hours to cook



  • 6 duck marylands, skin on

  • 1 medium carrot, diced

  • 1 small brown onion, diced

  • 1 stick celery, diced

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 punnet oyster mushrooms

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Zest of ½ orange, in large pieces

  • 250ml good quality tomato passata

  • 150ml white wine

  • 750ml chicken stock

  • Sea salt and black pepper

  • ½ bunch parsley, finely chopped

  • 500g good quality pappardelle

  • 100g parmesan, finely grated


Season duck legs with salt, refrigerate overnight, then drain and pat dry.

In a heavy pot over low-medium heat, colour the duck legs, skin-side down,

until golden brown and the fat has cooked off. Turn over and colour the other side.

Remove from pan and drain excess fat.

Add carrot, onion, celery, garlic and mushrooms and cook over medium heat until

starting to colour. Add bay leaf, zest and tomato passata.

Add wine, bring to the boil. Add duck legs and cover with stock.

Cover the pot and simmer slowly 1.5-2 hours, until the meat starts to fall from the bone.

(Do not overcook until meat falls apart!)

Remove duck legs and allow to cool, then remove meat from the bones and

break into small pieces, leaving the skin attached.

Remove zest and bay leaf. Place duck meat back into the pot and adjust seasoning

with salt and pepper.

Cook pappardelle according to instructions. While the pasta is cooking, place the

ragu on the heat in a large frypan. Add the cooked pasta and toss in the frypan

with 1/3 of the parmesan. If the sauce is too thick, ass a little of the pasta water

so the sauce just coats the pappardelle. Add parsley and toss once more.

Divide between 4 pasta plates and top with remaining parmesan. Serve immediately.


Recipes by Neil Perry, Qantas Creative Director - Food, Beverage & Service and Richard Purdue of Rosetta Sydney. Photography by Brent Winstone and styling by Vivien Walsh.