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Pasta with tomatoes and braised beef
Pasta with tomatoes and braised beef

Pasta with tomatoes and braised beef

Preparation 25 min
Cooking time 3 h 15 min
Servings 6


  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) vegetable oil
  • 500 g (1 lb) beef blade roast
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 300 ml (1 1/4 cups) red wine
  • 300 ml (1 1/4 cups) veal stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) dried thyme
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive oil
  • 1 can, 796 ml (27 oz), of diced tomatoes
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) tomato paste
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh oregano, chopped
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) granulated sugar
  • 600 g (20 oz) penne rigate (or other short pasta), cooked al dente
  • 250 ml (1 cup) Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) Italian parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 135°C (275°F).
  2. In a Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Season the beef with salt and pepper.
  4. Sear on both sides.
  5. Set aside.
  6. Sweat half of the onions, without browning, until soft.
  7. Add 2/3 of the garlic and cook for 1 minute. 
  8. Moisten with red wine and veal stock.
  9. Add the bay leaf and half of the thyme.
  10. Place the beef back into the Dutch oven.
  11. Cover and place in the oven.
  12. Cook for about 3 hours, until the meat pulls apart easily.
  13. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  14. Sweat the rest of the onions for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  15. Add the rest of the garlic and cook for another minute.
  16. Add the diced tomatoes and the rest of the herbs. Season with salt and pepper.
  17. Stir.
  18. Simmer gently, uncovered, for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  19. Remove the beef and pull the meat apart coarsely.
  20. Pass the cooking juice through a sieve and add to the sauce.
  21. Cook the pasta al dente following the directions on the package.
  22. Divide and place the beef on each pasta dish.
  23. Top with the sauce.
  24. Sprinkle with Parmesan shavings and chopped parsley.
  25. Serve immediately.
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