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Old 02-18-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Roch's Stewed Beef in Tomatoes w/pasta

Here is one way I like to use tougher beef cuts. I like to braise it for a long time in tomato sauce. Tonight I am using a 1 lb piece of eye of round that I got on sale for 1.88. per lb, a can of tomatoes, about a half of a pepper, 1 onion, garlic, parsley, and a bit of hearty red table wine. For pasta, I am going to go with Rigatoni, because there is a bag of it open. So, by my calculation, the whole meal for two with leftovers isn't costing much more than 5 bucks...

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Old 02-18-2013, 06:28 PM   #2
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First, I slice the meat against the grain in small, two or three bite sized pieces. Pound it out thin, season with salt and pepper, dredge in flour and brown on both sides. Then, when that is done, I remove it and put it aside. I added the chopped garlic, onion and peppers and saute until soft. Then deglaze the pan with about 1/4 cup of red wine. When that is almost evaporated (cooked to au sec ) I then add the tomatoes,(which I ground myself with a hand blender) a bay leaf, some thyme and basil, tsp sugar, ground peper and parsley. When that gets simmering I put the meat back in the pan and am going to let it simmer for about an hour or so...you can leave this longer, which will give you more tender meat. If the sauce reduces too much and gets too thick I add some beef broth or tomato juice. (I guess you could use water if that is all you had). Keep checking to make sure it isn't sticking to the bottom of the pan and burning.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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So far so good.
Nice hunk of cheese, too!
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So far so good.
Nice hunk of cheese, too!
Yeah. Reggiano. The one and only around here. It's been about 50 minutes now. I just put the water on for the pasta. I am going to pop a steamer over it and do up a few veggies while it cooks. Normally, I would like to give it another half an hour to stew, but I fell asleep this afternoon and woke up late.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:43 PM   #5
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All done. I like to take the meat out and serve it separately. Then, I toss the cooked pasta in with the sauce and give it a good stir. Square meal, square deal.
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You had me drooling before you reached the finish line.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:53 PM   #7
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Yeppir. That's a good looking meal.
Thanks for walking us through the steps.
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Yeppir. That's a good looking meal.
Thanks for walking us through the steps.
Well, it's pretty basic stuff. I have fun doing it. Thanks.
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very nice, rock!

i'll have to try this one soon. i love things slow cooked in tomato sauce. i looks really hearty with the rigatoni. good choice of pasta.
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very nice, rock!

i'll have to try this one soon. i love things slow cooked in tomato sauce. i looks really hearty with the rigatoni. good choice of pasta.
Thanks. It is definitely peasant food. But comforting and rewarding at the same time. One of those meals that fills the house with wonderful smells and builds up anticipation. I prefer short pasta like rigatoni and penne. It takes less work to shovel it into my mouth....
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