This recipe came about last week when it was (still is by the way) freakishly cold out and I wanted something great for dinner. I hadn’t planned ahead (at all) other than to play my favourite game, take random meat out of the freezer in the morning. I knew that I needed to use my stewing beef and I had a yen for minestrone soup. BUT I needed to feed everybody something a lot more stick-to-your-ribs than a clear soup. So…
I started by sauteeing: 1/2 an onion, a rib of celery, 2 cups mushrooms and 2 cups of stewing beef.
I added; 1 1/2 tsp. basil, the rind (no white part) of one lemon, pinch of chilli flakes and 1 T. fennel seeds. I know, I know, it isn’t pretty yet but just wait.
This isn’t the pretty part. Add 1/4 cup of flour and saute for a minute to coat everything and avoid having a raw flour taste to your stew.
This also, not the pretty part.
Add (stirring the whole time to avoid lumps), 1/2 cup of red wine (you can leave it out if you’d prefer) and 3 cups of beef broth.
1/4 cup of pitted olives (in oil not brine) and 1/2 cup of crushed tomatoes.
2 cups of uncooked penne.
No. Not pretty yet.
Let the pasta cook through (about 10 minutes) and here’s the pretty part.
I topped the stew with a few shavings of parmesan and husband ate three bowls.
Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said:
Oh this looks good. I may try this for dinner one day this week. I am in a cooking rut, and I like easy peasy!
This isn't swimsuit fare, but it is pretty tasty. Hope you can come and share how you are beating the winter blues on Saturday.
Payne-less Photography said:
Your title made me think about story about my sis in law. When she was little she told her mom after eating her dinner "dinner was an accident" she was trying to say dinner was excellent. To this day you occasionally hear people in my husbands family say "dinner was an accident." Looks good!
That's adorable 🙂
Ann from On Sutton Place said:
It is beautiful…especially the shaved parm. :o)
oh my! This looks delish. Pinning it. I am starving now!
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