Wild rabbit in the shop right now. This recipe is a great way to cook it.

Wild rabbit is a very lean meat so the addition here of bacon will keep the meat moist during the cooking (and eating).

Serves Preparation: 25mins Cooking: 1 hour 10 mins

INGREDIENTS FOR WILD RABBIT RAGU

1 wild rabbit from Morley Butchers, all meat cut from bones
3 tbsp olive oil
75g cubed smoked pancetta or bacon
1 medium carrot, scrubbed and finely grated
1 large stick of celery, washed then finely grated
1 medium onion, finely grated
3 cloves garlic, finely grated
¼ tsp dried chilli
1 tsp dried rosemary
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 bay leaf
4 tbsp tomato purée
1/3 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp white wine vinegar
200ml white wine
100 ml water
1 thumb size piece of Parmesan rind

To finish
175g penne pasta
½ tsp salt
Parmesan cheese

METHOD TO COOK WILD RABBIT RAGU

In a medium sized sauté pan heat the olive oil before adding the pancetta or bacon cubes, it should sizzle gently when entering the pan. Cook it for 5 minutes before adding the grated vegetables, stir all together well.

Add the spices and the bay leaf, then cook for a further 5 minutes before adding the rabbit with the tomato purée. Stir altogether for a few minutes before adding the remaining ingredients.

Put a lid on the pan and simmer very gently for an hour or until the Rabbit is tender. Note: Adding Parmesan rind will give the Ragu extra depth of flavour, but remove the rind before serving. Drop the penne pasta into boiling salted water and cook to your preference.

Drain and mix the penne through the Ragu, divide over 4 plates, adding a good grating of fresh Parmesan.

SERVE WITH

A fresh green salad would go very well with this maybe some crispy bread as well.

GAME FROM MORLEY BUTCHERS

We stock all types of Game in our shop however it is a seasonal product and different meats are available during the year. Have a look at our seasonal game guide here >> If what you need is out of season we can often supply frozen.

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This wild rabbit recipe comes from Game to Eat. They have lots of information about game along with a selection of game recipes.