This dish is, quite literally, fit for a king. This is because this special ragù is enriched with Barolo wine, known both as the ‘King of Wines’ and the ‘Wine of Kings’. Native to the region of Piedmont, Barolo is produced in just eleven villages across the province of Cuneo, and is made from the Nebbiolo grape which has been cultivated here for over 2,500 years. Despite the royal associations of our Barolo wine, the beef shin component of this ragù tells a more humble tale. Dating back to the Middle Ages, beef shin was a cheap cut of meat often used by Piemontese peasants in their cooking. Traditionally, the beef was cooked very slowly in a large pot over an open fire with a range of foraged herbs available in peasant gardens, like rosemary. The inclusion of these aromatics will, we imagine, have filled simple homes with a wonderful aroma, heralding a hearty dinner after a long day in the fields. Paired with beautiful strands of mafalde, our ragù is the pezzo forte (the pièce de résistance) of this special dish.
Mafalde, also known as “reginette” (Italian for “little queens”) are an alluring, ribbon-shaped pasta with beautiful wavy edges and a striking appearance. In 1995, the Italian government commemorated the Princess Mafalda of Savoy with a limited edition stamp. Princess Mafalda died during the Second World War, whilst detained in a German concentration camp. The mafalde pasta is said to evoke the princess’ curls. This wasn’t the first time Princess Mafalda’s life had been marked by tragedy: the SS Principessa Mafalda Italian transatlantic ocean liner was named after her. This was one of the most luxurious ships at the time. Unfortunately, it sank off the coast of Brazil in 1927.
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Allergens in BOLD & CAPITALISED:
Durum WHEAT Semola, WHEAT Flour, EGG, Rice Flour
Beef Shin (Origin: Republic of Ireland) (37%), Onion, Barolo Wine (SULPHITES), Beef Stock (contains CELERY seeds), Carrot, Olive Oil, CELERY, Tomato Puree, Garlic, Salt, Black Pepper, Bay Leaf
MILK, Salt, Rennet (Microbial Coagulant), EGG Lysozyme
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Calories per serving: 632kcal
Following nutritional information is per 100g:
- Energy 795kJ
- Calories 190kcal
- Fat 3.4g
- Of which saturates 1.4g
- Carbohydrates 29.8g
- Of which sugars 3.6g
- Protein 9.7g
- Salt 0.5g