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Season at each stage. That way, the lamb gets seasoned, the base gets seasoned, the sauce gets seasoned, and you can get a better control of the seasoning than if you merely check at the end. [b]Lamb[/b] Heat some groundnut oil in a large pan Cut the escalopes as small as you can get them, no larger than 1 cubic millimetre (I didn't have any mince, so I made my own. Yes, it took a while.) Brown the lamb 'mince' in the pan. Add the white wine, boil for a minute, then simmer gently for 10 minutes. [b]Soffrito[/b] A proper soffrito has celery, and garlic. But, I didn't have any celery, and I wanted to roast the garlic (or, if I'm honest, I forgot the garlic, then remembered it and decided to roast it anyway). Top and tail the carrots, deseed the pepper and peel and halve the onion. Place them all in a blender and blend until a very fine dice, or course paste, is achieved. [b]Roast garlic[/b] Remove the roots and peels from the garlic Place in an ovenproof dish in the oil Place in the oven at 200C for 30 minutes, or until the garlic is softened and starting to brown. [b]Caramelised Onion[/b] Peel the onion, halve it and remove the root Slice with the grain, as finely as possible Place in a saucepan with the butter Cook on a very low heat until the onion has caramelised (about 2-3 hours) [b]Tomato Sauce[/b] Place the tomatoes in the blender and blitz at full power to get a smooth, liquidy sauce Place in a wide pan with the oil Put the pan on full heat and reduce by 2/3rds. [b]Final Product[/b] Place the lamb, red wine, star anise, and soffrito in a pressure cooker. Bring to full pressure and then let cool. When the pressure has dropped, add the tomato sauce, bring back up to pressure, then simmer very gently for an hour. Let cool again, until the pressure has dropped, then add the basil, onion and garlic. Add up to half a pint of water to keep the sauce moist. Bring back up to pressure, simmer for an hour. Cook the pasta to your liking (I suggest heavily salted water with olive oil added, bring to the boil, add the pasta, bring it above the surface of the water a few times to coat the pasta with the oil, then simmer until ad dente) Drain the pasta Spoon the pasta on serving plates Top with a generous ladle of sauce Shred the basil and scatter onto the centre of the sauce. Season to taste.