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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.

  • Preheat a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium-high to high.

  • Add the olive oil to the skillet, two turns of the pan. Add the beef; cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up with a spoon, until browned, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and add the eggplant, garlic, oregano, fennel seeds and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring often, until the eggplant is softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring often, until absorbed, about 3 minutes. Add the stock and tomatoes and their juices, crushing the tomatoes with your hands as you add them. Reduce the heat to medium-low; let simmer at a low bubble while cooking the pasta.

  • Salt the boiling water, add the pasta and cook until almost al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the starchy cooking water, then drain the pasta. Add the pasta to the ragu along with half the starchy water. Toss until the pasta is al dente, about 1 minute. Season; add more starchy water if too dry. Top with EVOO and cheese and serve from the skillet into shallow bowls.