Italian Braised Lamb Pasta Pepperonata

Rich, slightly spicy Italian Braised Lamb Pasta Pepperonata is a delicious pasta recipe from Chef Ben Spangler using lamb neck, but many cuts of lamb can be used. The directions include making the accompanying pasta–not as difficult as it may be assumed and adds a traditional touch, but is optional.

Lamb pepperonata
Lamb pepperonata sauce served with pappardelle pasta.

How to Make Braised Lamb Pasta Pepperonata

First the lamb is browned in a pot. If you don’t want to use a neck as chef does in the video you can use ground lamb or a 2 lb piece of lamb shoulder. Once the lamb is browned, onions, bay, rosemary wine and water are added and the neck is cooked until tender.

Braising Lamb Neck
Lamb neck pasta ingredients.

Once the meat is cooked tender it’s removed and the sauce is made by cooking carrots and onion until lightly caramelized. Peppers, water and grated tomatoes are added to the pot and simmered until tender. Finally the meat is added back to the pan with the cooking juices and simmered until thickened.

Peperonata Vegetables
Adding carrots and onions to the pan to make the pepperonata sauce.

Chef recommends serving the pasta with fresh pappardelle noodles but you can use dried fettucine or your favorite long noodle. Linguine would work too.

Peperonata Noodle Prep
Rolling out fresh pappardelle noodles.

This recipe is by chef Ben Spangler. Hailing from Minnesota, Ben draws from his Midwestern roots to create dishes that are unpretentious and delicious. Ben has competed on national television for the Food Network and appeared on local Minneapolis food networks. He is currently executive chef at Mercy in Minneapolis.

Chef Ben Spangler.

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More Goat and Lamb Pasta Recipes

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Lamb pasta pepperonata in a serving bowl garnished with parsley and parmesan cheese.
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Italian Braised Lamb Pasta Pepperonata

Tender braised lamb ragu recipe with peppers, onions and tomatoes served with fresh pappardelle pasta.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 852kcal
Cost: 20


  • 1 Dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot


Lamb Neck

  • 1 Lamb Neck or 2 lbs of shoulder
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 olive oil
  • 4 cups water

Pepperonata Sauce

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 carrot dice
  • ½ red onion small diced
  • 5 bell peppers thin sliced
  • 1 oz thyme or marjoram
  • 1 oz flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 4 to matoes
  • 4 heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 cups lamb cooking liquid
  • 1 splash dry red wine or white wine

Fresh Pasta (optional)

  • 8 oz flour
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon evoo or extra virgin olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese to taste


Cooking the Lamb Neck

  • In Dutch oven sear lamb in evoo or olive oil, once seared on all sides move to one side and add onions.
  • Add the splash wine and scrape up the browned bits. Add the rosemary, bay leaves and water. Cover.
  • Simmer on stove top for 3 hours or until tender. If water gets too low, add a little as needed. Alternative: braise in oven at 300 F for three hours.
  • When the meat is done, remove meat from pan, allow to cool for a few minutes, then shred. Reserve the meat and pan juices separately.

Pepperonata Sauce

  • Add 1 T of butter to the pan followed by carrots and onions. Allow to caramelize.  Slowly add herbs thyme or marjoram, and paprika.
  • Grate 4 large tomatoes into the pan and add thin sliced garlic over the top.
  • Simmer. Add peppers and water.  Allow to slow cook and stew. Once peppers are soft and tender and sauce has reduced add the lamb braising liquid and shredded lamb neck meat. Season to taste and keep warm.
  • Dice remaining heirloom tomatoes and parsley. Reserve.

Fresh Pasta

  • Shift flour into a bowl making a well in the middle.
  • Add remaining ingredients and combine with a fork.
  • Finish working mixture with your hands until it holds together.
  • Once it becomes malleable start folding it onto itself and kneading. Repeat until there is a lot of resistance. Test by depressing with finger. The dough should return to it’s shape.
  • Allow dough to rest for 30 min.

Finish and Serve

  • Roll and shape the dough into manageable pieces.
  • Flatten with a rolling pin before adding to the pasta machine.
  • Start rolling on the largest number and decrease one step at a time until proper thickness. Cut noodles to desired length & dust with flour. Reserve the noodles.
  • Boil salted water in a large pot and add noodles. Time will fluctuate and will depend on how thick the noodles are and personal al dente preference. Approximately 2-3 minutes.
  • Strain and add to a bowl with Parmesan cheese, pepper and salt.
  • Add sauce and garnish with cheese, black pepper, parsley and fresh diced heirloom tomatoes and serve.



A whole lamb neck is used here, but you can substitute 2 lbs of ground meat like lamb or goat instead. 
Adding a spoonful of ricotta cheese at the end of cooking is a nice variation. 


Serving: 8oz | Calories: 852kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 70g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 534mg | Sodium: 873mg | Potassium: 1509mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3944IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 10mg