This anelloni recipe from Nancy Harmon Jenkins’ and Sara Jenkins’ cookbook, The Four Seasons of Pasta, made with a warm spice mix of Moroccan harissa, oregano, cumin, and coriander, balances the flavors of the lamb and bitter greens.
Reprinted by arrangement with Avery Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Nancy Harmon Jenkins and Sara Jenkins, 2015.
- 3/4 Pounds lean ground lamb
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon dried Greek or Sicilian oregano
- 1 Tablespoon Aleppo pepper, more or less to taste
- 1 Teaspoon Moroccan harissa, or more to taste
- 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 Teaspoon ground coriander
- 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1/4 Cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 Cup heavy cream
- 1 bunch mustard greens, trimmed and sliced about an inch thick
- 1 Pound anelloni, or any other ribbed tubular shape
- 1/4 Cup toasted unflavored bread crumbs
- 3 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, or to taste
Mix the lamb in a bowl with the oregano, Aleppo pepper, harissa, cumin, coriander, garlic, and parsley, kneading to mix well. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
Add the olive oil to a saucepan large enough to hold all the ingredients, including the pasta, and set over medium heat. Add the spicy lamb mixture and cook, sautéing and crumbling the lamb, until it has changed color. Do not let the lamb dry out until crisp and brown. Add the cream and, if necessary, a tablespoon or two of hot water; lower the heat to medium-low and let the liquid simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Add the sliced mustard greens and let them just wilt in the liquid in the pan.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add salt and the pasta and cook, for 8 minutes, or until it is almost but not quite done.
If the meat gets too dry in the meantime, add a ladleful of pasta water to the saucepan.
When the pasta is almost done, drain (but not too thoroughly) and add to the meat and greens in the pan. Toss to combine and finish cooking, 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat.
Transfer the pasta to a warm serving bowl. Sprinkle the top with toasted bread crumbs and Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve immediately, passing more cheese at the table, if desired.