Meat and Pear Open Ravioli

Meat and Pear Open Ravioli
Photography by Lucy Schaeffer


3tablespoons butter
2ounces pancetta or bacon
1 sweet sausage
4ounces roast beef, thinly sliced, then cut into strips
1large pear, thinly sliced and unpeeled
2tablespoons golden raisins
1clove garlic, minced
3-4 small, fresh sage leaves
1pound calamarata (or other tube-style pasta)
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Grana padano, or other aged cheese
Ground cinnamon
Fresh parsley, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2-3 amaretti cookies, crushed


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until it is crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove the sausage from the casing and crumble it into the pan; cook until browned. Add the beef, pear, raisins, garlic, and sage. Cook the mixture until the pears are soft.
  2. Meanwhile, boil the pasta in salted water until it is almost al dente. Drain and toss into the sauce along with a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid. Stir well and cook, adding more cooking liquid if needed, until the pasta is al dente. Stir in the zest and season with grated cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, and parsley to taste. Season with salt and pepper and serve the pasta topped with a sprinkling of amaretti crumbs.

—Reprinted with permission from Pasta Modern: New and Inspired Recipes from Italy. Copyright 2013, Stewart, Tabori & Chang.