6 Italian Pasta with Lamb Recipes for Easter.

6 Italian pasta with lamb recipes for Easter.

Like in many countries, lamb is traditional throughout Italy at Easter and pasta with lamb recipes are also most popular at this time of year. However, lamb isn’t traditionally eaten much during the rest of the year in all the Italian regions. It’s most popular in Sardinia, which is home to 4 million sheep, and the Southern Italian regions including Molise, Abruzzo and Calabria.

6 Italian pasta with lamb recipes for Easter

Pasta with lamb recipes are probably my favourite meat-pasta dishes, so I’m  definitely going to be serving one over the Easter weekend.  My only problem is that I still can’t decide which dish I want to make. One minute I think my guests will enjoy a lamb lasagna most, the next minute I’m thinking about lamb with artichokes. That’s a more unusual recipe. Then again perhaps a mixed meat ragu which includes lamb would be the most hearty and filling choice. So difficult to decide!

Here are some Italian pasta with lamb recipes that I have so far posted on the Pasta Project. I’m sure there will be more to come later this year. But in the meantime if you like the idea of serving your Easter lamb with pasta, I’m sure you’ll find a recipe here that appeals to you. And maybe you’ll be better at deciding than I am!

Happy Easter from Verona!

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6 Italian pasta with lamb recipes for Easter

#1 Lamb with artichokes

Lamb with artichokes is a traditional Sardinian dish, usually cooked during Easter. Since 4 million sheep live on Sardinia it’s easy to find good quality fresh lamb meat there and lamb is an important part of the regional cuisine . Artichokes are also a quintessential Sardinian ingredient and are cooked in many different ways on the island. Apart from the 2 main protagonists in this pasta with lamb recipe, the other ingredients are few. Just a lemon, garlic, fresh parsley, a little wine and some stock or broth.

6 Italian Pasta with lamb recipes for Easter

#2 Malloreddus (Sardinian gnocchi) with Lamb ragu

Another typical lamb pasta recipe from Sardinia. The combination of the meat and the pasta in this malloreddus with lamb ragu recipe is really fantastic. The ingredients for this sauce are quite similar to most other Italian meat ragu, but this doesn’t need to be cooked for hours. Just enough for the small pieces of lamb to get tender.

6 Italian Pasta with lamb recipes for Easter

#3 Fusilli with Lamb ragu from Molise

There are different versions of lamb ragu in Molise, Italy’s second smallest region. This is a very simple version which contains only lamb (small pieces not minced) peeled fresh tomatoes or tomato passata, garlic, fresh rosemary, red wine and seasoning. This ragu is really tasty. In fact, I think because there aren’t a lot of other ingredients, the flavour of the lamb is more intense.

6 Italian pasta with lamb recipes for Easter

#4 Lamb ragu Molisano

This hearty and filling 3 meat ragu (lamb, sausage and veal), also from Molise, is a typical Italian ‘sugo della domenica’ (Sunday sauce). Because this ragu contains 3 kinds of meat it requires a much longer cooking time than recipes with just lamb. However the flavour is a lot richer and the sauce more robust. You can also make it the day before and spend less time in the kitchen on Sunday!

6 Italian pasta with lamb recipes for Easter

#5 Lamb Lasagna

The sauce for this lamb lasagna is pretty similar to other lamb ragu recipes. But putting the ragu together with the lasagne sheets and béchamel and baking it all in the oven makes a dish that is much richer in taste than some other pasta with lamb recipes. Also baked lasagne is a dish everybody loves, so it’s bound to go down well with your guests. Just make sure you make enough as I’m sure there will be demands for second helpings!

6 Italian pasta with lamb recipes for Easter
4 meat ragu

#6 Four Meat Ragu from Abruzzo

This very rich and tasty ragu from Abruzzo contains 4 kinds of meat , lamb, pancetta, veal and beef, as well as spices like cloves and nutmeg. It requires more preparation and cooking time than the other pasta and lamb recipes but if you make it you’ll understand that it’s worth it!

If you do try any of these pasta with lamb recipes, I’d love to hear what you think. Please write a comment here on the blog or post a comment on the Pasta Project Facebook page.

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  • Veena Azmanov
    April 13, 2019 8:41 pm

    Lovely and delicious recipes for my Easter planning. Cant wait to try each of them. Most are my kids favorite.

    • Jacqui
      April 14, 2019 2:13 pm

      Happy you like these recipes Veena! I’m sure you and your kids will enjoy eating these dishes!

  • Jo Allison / Jo’s Kitchen Larder
    April 13, 2019 8:39 pm

    What a fabulous collection of lamb pastas! I would love to try them all but lamb with artichokes would have to be the first one I go for. It sounds so beautifully fresh and perfect for celebrating Spring and Easter!

    • Jacqui
      April 14, 2019 2:14 pm

      Thanks Jo! Lamb with artichokes is a really tasty recipe. I’m sure you’ll love it!

  • cheflolaskitchen
    April 13, 2019 8:39 pm

    Wow all these recipes are just so tempting! Specially the Lamb ragu Molisano! Thanks for this compilation.

    • Jacqui
      April 14, 2019 2:15 pm

      Thanks so much Lola! I love the ragu Molisana. I’m sure you will too!

  • Adrianne
    April 13, 2019 7:53 pm

    You had me at ‘lamb with artichokes’. Yes!! And yummmmm. I think there are so many choices here and varieties that everyone is going to find one for easter. The artichokes are melt in your mouth and delicious!! Sounds great, thanks for sharing!!

  • Neha
    April 13, 2019 7:36 pm

    All of these recipes sound so fantastic! Hard for me to decide which one to go for first. I think I am going to try lamb lasagna today. 🙂

  • Cookilicious
    April 2, 2019 12:52 am

    what a great roundup of pasta recipes! Saving it.

    • Jacqui
      April 3, 2019 8:46 am

      Thanks so much! Lamb with pasta is so good! I hope you’ll make and enjoy some of these recipes!

  • Jackie
    April 1, 2019 10:07 pm

    Each one of these pasta dinners sound amazing! Lamb is the perfect main entree this time of year.

    • Jacqui
      April 3, 2019 8:47 am

      Grazie Jackie! I agree lamb is perfect this time of year! And it goes so well with pasta. Let me know if you try any of these recipes!

  • Rosa
    April 1, 2019 9:55 pm

    Wow! I don’t know which one to try first. Theseall look amazing. So perfect for Easter, thanks so much!

    • Jacqui
      April 3, 2019 8:48 am

      Happy you like these lamb pasta dishes Rosa! Yes perfect for Easter. Like you I’m not sure which I want to make this year. They are all so good!

  • Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life
    April 1, 2019 9:33 pm

    What a great round up of delicious recipes for Easter! I love a good rich pasta recipe.

    • Jacqui
      April 3, 2019 8:50 am

      Thank you Marlynn! I love a rich pasta dish too, especially on Sundays and holidays. Lamb is such a great addition to pasta at Easter!

  • Lisa
    April 1, 2019 9:31 pm

    These all look so delicious. I’ll have to try out these out with zoodles as I love lamb!

    • Jacqui
      April 3, 2019 8:51 am

      Thanks Lisa! I’m sure zoodles would be as delicious as pasta with lamb ragu! Let me know if you try it!

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