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Spaghetti with wood pigeon ragù

Spaghetti with wood pigeon ragù

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Spaghetti with wood pigeon ragù

Red wine, quality tomatoes & fresh basil

Red wine, quality tomatoes & fresh basil

Serves 6

Cooks In2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours 15 minutes

DifficultyNot too tricky

Nutrition per serving
  • Calories 567 28%

  • Fat 17.3g 25%

  • Saturates 2.8g 14%

  • Sugars 10g 11%

  • Protein 20.7g 41%

  • Carbs 71.8g 28%

Of an adult's reference intake


  • 3 wood pigeons
  • 6 tablepsoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  • 275 ml red wine
  • 3 x 400 g tins of quality plum tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • 500 g spaghetti

Recipe From

Jamie Magazine

By Gennaro Contaldo


  1. Using a sharp carving knife, quarter the pigeons.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, add the pigeon and cook until browned and sealed, turning occasionally.
  3. Meanwhile, peel and finely chop the onion and carrots, then slice the chilli lengthways, keeping it intact at the base.
  4. Pour the wine into the pan and cook until the liquid has evaporated, then add the onion, carrot and chilli, and sweat together with the pigeon.
  5. Tip in the tomatoes and 2 tins' worth of water. Roughly chop and add the basil leaves and stalks. Bring to the boil, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon.
  6. Reduce the heat, cover with the lid askew and cook for 2 to 3 hours on a very low heat. Check from time to time – if the meat is sticking to the pan, add another tin or so of water.
  7. Cook the spaghetti according to the packet until it’s al dente, then drain and mix with some of the sauce. Transfer onto a large serving dish and serve with the rest of the sauce.

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