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Old 02-19-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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Beef Ragu...

This recipe was originally one my mother used to make. It is a very simple comfort food dish. I have tweaked it up a bit ('cus I can never leave well enough alone).

1 lb finely chopped or sliced lean beef.
1 medium onion, chopped
Garlic, as much as you like, fresh minced.
2 cups beef broth, or stock....
1 Bay leaf, some thyme, pinch of allspice..
Fresh chopped parsley(as much as you want)
Short pasta, such as farfale, rigatone, penne etc.
salt and pepper to taste

Brown beef in oil, add garlic and onion and cook for a couple of minutes on medium heat. Add stock, and bay leaf and thyme and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in salted water.

Drain pasta after 5 minutes and add to your beef and stock. Continue to cook pasta in pot, until the majority of the stock is absorbed by the pasta. It is important to stop cooking before all of the broth is gone otherwise it will become mushy. The remaining liquid becomes a tasty savory, beefy sauce. Serve in pasta dishes or bowls covered in fresh parsley and freshly ground pepper.

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Old 02-19-2011, 12:32 PM   #2
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Feel free to add other ingredients if you wish like broccoli, mushrooms, white kidney beans, or anything else you fancy. Personally, I enjoy the simple pleasure of the beef and noodles...
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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Thanks for this one! It sounds really good just the way it is, and it is something my picky DH would like too. I can just serve veggies for me, or a salad with it since he doesn't want to be close to any veggies!
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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You are most welcome. There are many variations to this dish, but this one is my favorite because of its simplicity and for the fact that it features beef as its predominant flavor. You can also go the Italian route and add some tomatos and parmesan cheese.
My wife and daughter are pretty picky eaters also. It can be frustrating for me, considering how much I love to cook. There is lots of compromising going on every day....
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Thanks, RL. Copied and printed.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:02 PM   #6
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After I re read this thread, I remembered that my mother used to use leftover roast beef a lot of the time. Very economical.
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