Corsican Macaroni With Beef Stew

27 09 2009

Recipe adapted from Look & Cook: Perfect Pasta by Anne Willan.

The finished product.

1-2 lbs beef stew meat, trimmed of fat
1 large onion, halved and sliced
8-10 button or crimini mushrooms
2-3 garlic cloves, crushed OR minced
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
3-4 Tbsp flour
2 tsp dried rosemary OR 1 tsp fresh
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 Tbsp pure olive oil
1 Bouquet garni (2 bay leaves and 2 sprigs of thyme tied with string)
1/2 package large elbow noodles (egg noodles or 1 cup rice may be substituted)
Kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper

(Serves 2-3.)

  1. Cut the onion in half, peel off the outer layer, and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Set aside.


  2. Crush or mince garlic cloves and push to one corner of cutting board.


  3. Wipe mushrooms clean and cut into fairly thin slices. Push to another corner of the cutting board.



  4. Spread flour onto (paper) plate. Mix in salt and pepper.


  5. Dredge stew meat through flour until all sides are covered. Shake off excess flour and set onto clean plate.


  6. Cover the bottom of an ovenproof dutch oven-style pot with olive oil and set over medium heat.


  7. After oil is heated, add stew meat to pot. Note: I have too much meat in this photo, which will cause crowding problems. It turned out OK in the end, but I recommend browning the meat in batches.


  8. When meat has browned evenly on all sides, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.


  9. Add a little more oil to the pot (if dry) and add the onion slices.


  10. Cook onions until soft and lightly browned.


  11. Return the beef to the pot. Add the garlic.


  12. Stir in the mushrooms, rosemary, cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Add bouquet garni. Add white wine.




  13. Reduce heat to “lower than low” and cover pot. Cook for about 2 hours, stirring at 30 minute intervals.


  14. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  15. After performing the final stir of the 2-hour cooking time on the stovetop, add enough water to barely cover the ingredients.



  16. Turn off stove burner, cover pot, and transfer to oven. (Note: Be sure that the pot you are using is oven safe!)


  17. Bake stew for 2 hours, stirring at 30 minute intervals.
  18. Cook pasta per package instructions. Drain and scoop into warmed bowls.
  19. Remove stew from oven and remove bouquet garni. Ladle stew over the pasta. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese (if desired) and don’t forget some hearty crusty bread, because you’re going to want every drop of that uber-rich gravy.



2 responses

28 09 2009

I’ll make this quick, because it’s not germane to the thread topic. Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the WNBA attendance feature…only saw it this morning, and the comments were closed.

As long as WNBA teams’ revenues exceed expenses, they’re succeeding. The falling attendance has to be a concern, though. Chicago has been a disaster. My problem is that the Seattle Storm charge the kind of ticket prices the Sonics used to…the cheapest is $14. How can a low-income family afford that?

I hope the WNBA continues, though. LIttle girls need female athletes as role models.

28 09 2009

Thanks Bruce, I appreciate your comments.

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