Australian Lamb Ravioli with Lentil Ragoût and Parmesan Fondue

Adapted by
March 2011
Yield: 4 Servings


Pasta Dough
500 grams all-purpose flour
300 grams egg yolks
100 grams warm water
Australian Lamb Ravioli
2½ pounds lamb shank
2 ounces olive oil
2 ounces carrots, chopped
2 ounces celery, chopped
1 ounce shallots, chopped
1 pound veal stock
2 ounces basil
1½ pounds buffalo mozzarella, diced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
grated Parmesan cheese
Lamb Ragoût
2 cups green lentils
extra virgin olive oil
⅓ cup mixed carrots, celery, and onions, cut brunoise
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Parmesan Fondue
5⅓ cups heavy cream
10 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
To Assemble and Serve
beurre noisette


For the Pasta Dough:

Mix the flour, egg yolks, and water in a large bowl until all of the flour is incorporated. Once you have achieved smooth dough, knead for several minutes until you are certain that all components are well integrated. Form the dough into a ball, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rest. When rested, make paper thin sheets of pasta with a pasta machine or a rolling pin.

For the Australian Lamb Ravioli:

Heat the oven to 300ºF. Coat the lamb shank with olive oil, put it into a roasting pan, and roast in the oven for 3 hours. Add the carrots, celery, and shallots to the pan, and roast for 10 more minutes. Add the veal stock to cover, bring the stock to a simmer, and cook the lamb until tender. Measure out ⅓ cup of the resulting lamb sauce, and reserve. Turn off the heat, and allow the lamb to cool. Shred the lamb and combine it with the basil and buffalo mozzarella. Season with salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese. Allow to cool completely before filling ravioli with this mixture.

For the Lentil Ragoût:

Bring a pot of water to a simmer, add the lentils, sage, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and cook for 45 minutes, until tender. In a sauté pan, pan-roast the carrots, celery, and onions with more olive oil. Add the lentils to the vegetables, deglaze with the balsamic vinegar, and add the reserved ⅓ cup lamb sauce. Simmer the lentil mixture for a few minutes to allow the flavors to mingle.

For the Parmesan Fondue:

Bring the cream to a simmer in a pot, add the Parmesan cheese, and stir to incorporate.

To Assemble and Serve:

Sauté the Australian Lamb Ravioli in beurre noisette for 5 minutes. Plate the ravioli, drizzle with Parmesan Fondue, and top with Lentil Ragoût.