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Slow-cooked beef ragu pasta, The New Classics by Donna Hay
January 2015
Reading time 10

Tender beef brisket, slow-cooked in red wine with tomatoes, onions and garlic on a bed of penne - sprinkle parmesan on top to serve

Serves: 4–6
  • 1 x 1kg piece beef brisket, cut into 4 pieces
  • Plain (all-purpose) flour, for dusting
  • ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, thickly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
  • 2 cups (500ml) beef stock
  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1 x 400g can cherry tomatoes
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 400g caserecci or rigatoni
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • Finely grated parmesan, to serve
  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Dust the beef in flour, shaking to remove any excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy-based saucepan over high heat. Cook the beef for 2–3 minutes each side or until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. Reduce heat to low, add the remaining oil, onion and garlic and cook for 6–8 minutes or until softened. Increase the heat to high. Add the wine and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, for 2–3 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the stock, water, tomatoes, bay leaves, tomato paste and sugar and stir to combine.
  3. Return the beef to the pan, cover with a tight-fitting lid, transfer to the oven and roast for two hours. Remove the lid and roast for a further 30 minutes. Remove beef from the pan and shred the meat using two forks, discarding any fat. Return the meat to the sauce and mix to combine. Set aside.
  4. Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 10–12 minutes or until al dente. Drain, return to the pan with the beef sauce, salt, pepper and toss to combine. Top with basil and sprinkle with parmesan to serve.

The New Classics by Donna Hay (Hardie Grant, £30.00)
Featuring over 300 classic recipes plus handy hints, tips and tricks to help you in the kitchen

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