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Rigatoni with Brisket and Porcini Ragù

Scott Phillips

Servings: six.

Leftover braised brisket gives this ragù long-simmered flavor. Though this recipe calls for dried pasta, you can also use any shape of fresh pasta. Once you’ve drained it, just toss it with a few tablespoons of butter to prevent it from sticking together.


  • 1 oz. dried porcini mushrooms (1 cup)
  • 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz. pancetta, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 large celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped leftover braised brisket (about 1 lb.), plus 2 cups leftover brisket juices
  • 2 cups dry red wine; more as needed
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. dried rigatoni
  • Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 700
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 190
  • Fat (g): 22
  • Saturated Fat (g): 5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11
  • Cholesterol (mg): 55
  • Sodium (mg): 1040
  • Carbohydrates (g): 68
  • Fiber (g): 6
  • Protein (g): 39


  • Soak the porcini in 1 cup hot water for 30 minutes. Drain, straining and reserving the soaking liquid. Chop the porcini and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in an 11- to 12-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta, celery, carrot, onion, and 1 tsp. salt; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft and lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the brisket and its juices, wine, thyme, and the porcini and their soaking liquid. Bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to low, and cook until the sauce is very thick, about 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta in the boiling water until al dente. Drain and toss with most of the meat sauce. Top with the remaining sauce and pass the Parmigiano at the table.


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Reviews (4 reviews)

  • treyt03 | 07/10/2021

    As a Texan, I am always looking for good recipes to do with my leftover smoked brisket, and thank you for this. I substituted the brisket juice with a quality beef bone broth, and it came out perfect. I can add this to my repetition of tacos, enchiladas, chili with leftover brisket!

  • Oakley_ | 05/15/2020

    Fantastic as is. As per my daughter’s suggestion, I added a dollop I’d fresh ricotta to the top. Everyone raved.

  • butta211 | 01/26/2020

    5 star dish! Restaurant quality. I used a chuck roast that I had braised the night before. Incredible flavor.

  • shallhenry | 09/01/2010

    This is a delicious and easy recipe!

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