Get ready to transport your taste buds to the sunny island of Sicily with this authentic and delicious recipe for ragù alla Siciliana. This slow-cooked meat sauce is rich, hearty, and packed with flavour. With a few key tips and tricks, you can easily recreate this traditional Italian dish in your own kitchen. So, get ready to impress your guests with this authentic Sicilian ragu recipe!
3h 25 min
About this Recipe
By: Silvana Lanzetta
Have you ever heard of Ragù alla Siciliana? If you haven’t, you’re missing out on a real treat! It’s not very well-known outside Italy, but I’m sure you’ve tasted it before without even realising it. It’s the delicious ragu used to make the mouth-watering rice arancini.
I was lucky enough to have an aunt named Luciana who was an absolute master at making the Sicilian Ragù. Every time we visited her for Sunday lunch, she would serve it up and it was always the highlight of the (very large) meal. As soon as we started eating, there was complete silence around the table – it was that good.
Aunt Luciana was a real pro when it came to this dish. She would serve the ragù with rigatoni, or she would make a Sicilian timballo with anelli pasta. No matter what she did with it, the results were always incredibly delicious.
Sicilian Timballo, made with Ragù alla Siciliana and anelli pasta
While this Sicilian Ragù recipe is delicious and hearty, it is also high in calories and fat. Enjoy it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
- Proteins 28% 28%
- Carbs 23% 23%
- Fats 44% 44%
With the ragù alla Siciliana, the wine you choose is crucial. Red wine is the way to go, and a strong wine like Nero d’Avola is ideal. But if you can’t get your hands on Nero d’Avola, don’t worry – just look for the strongest red wine available at your local supermarket. Trust me, the wine you choose will make a big difference in the final taste of your sauce.
It might seem like a small detail, but choosing the right wine will add a special depth of flavour to your ragù that you won’t get with a weaker wine. So, don’t be afraid to go the extra mile and find that perfect bottle of red wine.
Herbs & Spices
When it comes to seasoning your Sicilian ragu, less is definitely more. All you need is a good pinch of nutmeg, a few bay leaves, and some black pepper. Trust the natural flavours of your ingredients and resist the urge to go overboard with the seasoning. Remember, simplicity is key when it comes to creating the perfect ragu.