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Fettuccine with Chicken Giblets | Authentic Italian Pasta Recipe

This traditional Italian recipe developed out of necessity: good meat wasn't always readily available, so peasants invented this ragù made from "unwanted" chicken giblets. The recipe is still useful today, if only because it's DELICIOUS!


Fettuccine con le Rigaglie di Pollo | Chicken Giblet Pasta Recipe

Watch the Pasta Grammar video where we make this recipe here:




Serves 2.


For this recipe, you will need:

- 2 servings fresh fettuccine

- 1 tbsp (15g) unsalted butter

- 2 tbsp (30ml) extra virgin olive oil

- 1 clove garlic, peeled

- 1 tsp (1/2 g) dried marjoram

- 200g chicken giblets, cubed

- 1/4 cup (60ml) red wine

- Salt

- Fresh black pepper

- 2/3 cup (150ml) tomato purée

- 1/2 cup water

- Grated pecorino cheese for topping (optional)


Add the butter, olive oil and garlic into a large skillet over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the dried marjoram and chicken giblets.



Sauté the meat until it is lightly browned. Remove the garlic clove and add the red wine. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the smell of alcohol has evaporated. Add a generous pinch each of salt and pepper.



Add the tomato purée and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a simmer again and cook, partially covered, for 40-45 minutes or until the sauce has thickened substantially. If the sauce is done and you need more time to cook the pasta, you can turn off the heat and let it rest.



As the sauce nears completion, bring a large pot of water to boil and salt it generously. Boil the pasta until al dente (about 3 minutes for fresh fettuccine). Using tongs or a pasta fork, transfer the pasta into the sauce.



Stir all together over medium/high heat for 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately and top with grated pecorino cheese. Buon appetito!




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6 comentarios


Michael Miller
Michael Miller
10 jul 2023

What about the livers, you left those of the ingredients list. This sounds very tasty!

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David Wilkinson
David Wilkinson
22 nov 2021

I have been wanting to cook up gizzards all week but the store has been out. This recipe is a perfect motivator to keep me looking for them. Your are the most exciting cook on YouTube today. You are bringing old recipes that real Italians us and adore. Please stay charming and humble and do not let $$$ and possible fame change you.

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Killian Moore
Killian Moore
17 jul 2021

Found gizzards in ethnic shop today, much the same as giblets yes?

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Pasta Grammar
Pasta Grammar
17 jul 2021
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Giblets refers to the combination of heart, liver and gizzards but you can certainly adapt with any combination of the three. In fact, when we made ours for the video, the shop we went to only had gizzard and liver so we had to skip the heart.

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Adrienne Spargo
Adrienne Spargo
12 jul 2021

Well back on 2/28 I asked you about this recipe and on 3/2 you replied. I am so glad to see you have added this one to your list of recipes. I remember it being made with livers and hearts, but I enjoy a gizzard too. I wonder if it can be tweaked a bit and add some hearts? If it won't change the profile to much. As soon as I can get to the market I will be making this, I'm so excited. Thank you so very much. Eva, you are the best. Harper, you're mighty fine as well.

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Pasta Grammar
Pasta Grammar
12 jul 2021
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Yes, you can definitely use hearts! In fact, it’s preferable, but for whatever reason the shop we went to only had gizzards and liver

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