Monkfish Ragù Recipe

Briny monkfish takes you from ragùs to riches

We're all about a big bowl of pasta here at TT, so you better believe we are always on the lookout for great sauces. And recently, chef Paul C. Reilly of Coperta in Denver shared a recipe for the ragù sauce you never thought to make: He grinds monkfish with pork fatback to make a white wine-heavy ragù that will add the perfect seafood brininess to your next bowl of pasta.

We love this dish with fresh pappardelle, allowing the ragù to get caught between the twists of noodles. When you're grinding the fish, make sure the grinder is extremely cold so that the fish and fatback don't just mash through the machine. Simply pop the metal grinder into the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes before grinding—it will make your life a little easier.

To learn more, read "5 Tips to Master Fresh Pasta."

Recipe adapted from Paul C. Reilly, Coperta, Denver, CO

Monkfish Ragù
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Switch out meat for monkfish to create a rich and briny pasta sauce.
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Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • 2 pounds monkfish tails, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¾ pound pork fatback, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ medium carrot, finely chopped
  • ½ fennel bulb, finely chopped
  • 1 cup white wine
  • ½ cup crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • One 2-inch Parmesan rind
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Using a meat grinder fitted with a large die, grind the monkfish and pork fatback according to the manufacturer's directions, then set aside.
  2. In a 6-quart Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, garlic, carrot and fennel, and sweat until translucent, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the ground fish mixture and cook, stirring to break it up, until opaque, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the wine, tomatoes, water, thyme and Parmesan rind, then bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the sauce reduces to 5 cups, 1 hour.
  4. Discard the thyme sprig and Parmesan rind, then season with salt and pepper. Serve over fresh pasta, such as pappardelle. If not using immediately, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Calories per Serving 296
Total Fat 22.7 g
Saturated Fat 7.2 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 40.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 3.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
Total Sugars 1.6 g
Sodium 395.9 mg
Protein 15.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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