Serves 4 to 6 as an appetizer
3 tbsp (45 ml) lard or olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium carrots, peeled, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
2 lbs (1 kg) lean ground wild boar, or shoulder, cut into 1-in (2.5 cm) pieces
1 cup (250 ml) dry red wine
2 cups (500 ml) pureéd tomatoes
2 cups (500 ml) water
2 dried chili peppers, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
4 whole cloves
3 sun-dried tomatoes, in oil, drained, coarsely chopped
1 tsp (5 ml) anchovy paste (optional)
½ cup (125 ml) chopped basil
½ cup (125 ml) chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp (5 ml) dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb (500 g) dried pappardelle pasta
freshly grated Parmesan, for garnish


  1. Heat lard or oil in a heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or casserole over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring frequently until vegetables are soft, 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Increase heat to medium-high, add boar meat and brown, separating meat with a fork. Add wine and cook, stirring occasionally until wine reduces by half. Add remaining ingredients except for pasta and Parmesan. Season to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer with lid slightly ajar. Stir occasionally, simmer for 2 hours until sauce is thick and shoulder meat has fallen apart. Remove cinnamon stick.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions or until al dente. Drain well, reserving 1 cup (250 ml) pasta water. Toss pasta with meat sauce adding some reserved pasta water until desired consistency. Serve with grated Parmesan.
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