Orecchiette al Ragu di Braciole (Pasta with Beef Ragu and Braciole)

TOTAL TIME: 4 hr
Prep: 40 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 3 hr 20 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 6 beef cutlets (beef top round sliced thin into cutlets)
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino, plus more for serving
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 5 ounces beef stew meat, cubed, such as chuck
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Directions

Cook's Note: Use canned crushed tomatoes if you cannot find passata di pomodoro.

Pound the beef cutlets 1/4-inch thin. Add the cheese, parsley and garlic to a small bowl and toss. Divide evenly over each cutlet. Roll up each cutlet and tie with butcher's twine to secure and to make a roll. Sprinkle each roll with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the beef rolls and the cubed beef and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate once browned. Add a touch more olive oil to the pan and add the carrots and onions and saute until tender. Add the wine and simmer for a minute or so, and then scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in the passata and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer, add the beef back into the pot and cover with a lid. Cook on low until thick and the meat begins to fall apart, flipping the rolls occasionally, 2 1/2 to 3 hours. (If too dry, add a half cup of water; if too loose, remove the lid to finish thickening).

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the orecchiette, cook until al dente and drain.

Remove the bay leaves and discard from the sauce. Carefully remove the braciole to a cutting board and cut off the butcher's twine. Slice the beef rolls into rounds. Add the pasta to the sauce and toss all together. Serve on a large platter and top with the braciole rounds and sprinkle with lots of pecorino cheese.

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  • on February 06, 2014

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    Fantastico! A huge wow presentation! Love the food, love, love, love the show!

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  • on December 30, 2013

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    Outstanding!! It was nice to see a recipe that is exactly like my grandfathers! He was born in Calabria and his braciole was always cooked in meat sauce. This has great flavor and is a stand out recipe. I prepared this recipe exactly as stated and it was perfection.
    Thank you for sharing your great food, life and love with all! Ciao!!

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  • on June 13, 2013

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    This recipe looks complicated but was actually quite easy considering the huge wow factor when serving it to guests. Amazing flavor and texture. I enjoy this show very much and this is my favorite recipe so far. Please try it....you will be so happy you did. Thank you so much Gabriele and Deb! Great job! Is there a cookbook for this show? I love your family...all so beautiful..so many wonderful lessons to be learned from your show.

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