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Strozzapreti with Oxtail Ragù and Horseradish Crumbs

Strozzapreti with Oxtail Ragù and Horseradish Crumbs

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Richly flavored oxtail cooks down to a fabulously silky texture, but other braising cuts, like bone-in short ribs, would work here too.


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary, divided
  • 1 cup coarsely torn breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated horseradish
  • 12 ounces strozzapreti or other short pasta

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Season oxtails with salt and pepper. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high and cook oxtails until deeply browned all over, 15–18 minutes; transfer to a bowl.

  • Meanwhile, finely chop onion, carrots, and celery in a food processor.

  • Cook vegetables in same pot, stirring often, until soft, 5–7 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Return oxtails to pot and add wine, broth, and 2 tsp. rosemary. Oxtails should be just covered; top off with water if needed. Bring to a simmer, cover, and transfer to oven. Braise, checking halfway through to make sure oxtails are covered at least two-thirds of the way up, until meat is falling off the bone, 2–2½ hours. Remove oxtails from liquid. When cool enough to handle, shred meat and return to sauce; discard bones.

  • Meanwhile, toss breadcrumbs with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil on a rimmed baking sheet, squeezing bread to help it absorb oil. Bake until golden brown, 5–7 minutes; let cool. Stir breadcrumbs, horseradish, and remaining 1 tsp. rosemary in a medium bowl.

  • Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente (pasta will still be opaque and very firm in the center). Drain pasta, reserving 1½ cups pasta cooking liquid.

  • Bring ragù to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add pasta and 1 cup pasta cooking liquid and cook, tossing often and adding more cooking liquid to help finish cooking pasta, until pasta is al dente and sauce is thickened and coats pasta, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve pasta topped with horseradish breadcrumbs.

  • Do Ahead: Ragù can be made 4 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

Nutritional Content

Calories (kcal) 860 Fat (g) 31 Saturated Fat (g) 8 Cholesterol (mg) 125 Carbohydrates (g) 78 Dietary Fiber (g) 5 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 48 Sodium (mg) 350Reviews SectionThis was wonderful, with a few caveats. I doubled the recipe and found that it took a very, very long time to reduce into a nice ragu. I followed the recipe to completion the day prior to serving, and ended up with a brothy stew. Refrigerated overnight, then reduced uncovered at a simmer for a full 8 hours. I added some red chili flakes, and used several glugs of red wine (in addition to the previous white) for the final reduction stage. I also found the breadcrumbs did not add anything to the dish. If you (like me) have never prepared oxtail, prepare for a significant time commitment post-braise to shred meat and sift through for cartilage.AnonymousPortland, OR12/27/19

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