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RECIPE

Rachael’s Buttermilk Bucatini with Turkey Ragu and Herb Breadcrumbs

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit RachaelRayShow.com.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed stale peasant-style bread
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped mixed herbs (such as parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme)
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small ribs celery with leafy tops, finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 pound ground turkey, white and dark meat combined
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • About 1 1/2 cups turkey or chicken stock
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 pound bucatini pasta
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a food processor, pulse the bread into coarse crumbs. Toss the crumbs in a bowl with the herbs and butter; season with salt and pepper. Spread the crumbs out on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, stirring once, until golden and crispy, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

In a large skillet, heat the oil, about 3 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the celery, onion, garlic and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often until softened, 6-7 minutes. Add the turkey and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and cook, stirring often, until absorbed, about 2 minutes. Add the stock and reduce heat to low. Let the sauce simmer while the pasta cooks.

In a second large pot, bring the buttermilk to a gentle simmer over medium heat.

Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook for 5 minutes. Drain the pasta then add it to the buttermilk. Simmer the pasta in the buttermilk for 3-4 minutes. Add the turkey sauce and cheese to the pot, and toss to combine.

Serve the pasta in shallow bowls topped with breadcrumbs.

From Rachael Ray Every Day, February 2018

Rachael Ray