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Speedy Lamb Ragu Pasta

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword lamb ragu pasta recipe, pasta recipe with lamb ragu, pasta with lamb
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 534 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 lb box of cremini mushrooms
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary divided
  • 2 teaspoon of dried oreganos divided
  • 1 lb of ground lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh black pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil chopped or protein packed nut free basil pesto
  • 2 cups of pureed canned tomatoes or quick homemade marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon extra oregano
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream (more to taste depending on how creamy you like it)
  • 1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese (to taste)
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 bag of rotini pasta
  • Fresh basil , rosemary, thyme chopped for sprinkling


  1. Preheat a skillet over medium hight heat and add the olive oil.
  2. In a small food processor, add the onion, garlic, carrot, mushrooms and process until finely minced.
  3. When the skillet is hot, add in these minced aromatics, half the oregano and half the rosemary and a pinch of salt, then sauté for 2 minutes until they start to soften up.
  4. At that point add the lamb and season it with salt, pepper, pepper flakes (if using) and the remaining half rosemary and oregano spice.
  5. Saute the lamb with the aromatics until the lamb starts to crumble and cook, then add the crushed tomatoes (or marinara), basil (or pesto) and the extra oregano along with salt and pepper.
  6. Allow the sauce to boil and then lower the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 30 minutes. Then add the sour cream and parmesan cheese and let the sauce simmer for 10-15 minutes more.
  7. For the vertical pasta, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Place the pasta in a wide dish and soak it in boiling water for 5 minutes to soften them. Place 1/4 cup of sauce at the bottom of each ramekin and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese on top.
  9. Then arrange the pasta vertically tight as you can, just leaving a little bit of space for the pasta to expand and cook in the oven.
  10. Take nearly 1/2 cup of extra sauce and pour it over the pasta and sprinkle generously with mozzarella cheese on top, on the side and in-between any spaces you find.
  11. Bake the vertical pasta for 15 minutes until cheese is melted and pasta is softened and cooked.
  12. Serve sprinkled with fresh herbs and Parmesan on top.
Nutrition Facts
Speedy Lamb Ragu Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 719mg31%
Potassium 1029mg29%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 3114IU62%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 273mg27%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.