Pappardelle with Beef

Friday, August 9, 2013

This a simple take on delicious pappardelle with braised meat that I have had eating out.
I have no time to braise anything on a weeknight but this dish was pretty fast, simple and delicious. And most importantly, had a very very similar taste profile.
It also resulted in some tasty leftovers for the next day.
I served mine over arugula and topped with roasted tomatoes but that’s optional.

1 pound of grown beef  I used lean)
2 shallots or one onion finely chopped
1 tablespoon of grape oil
Garlic powder to taste
Salt to taste
1 small can of tomato paste (or sauce)

1 pack of pappardelle or another pasta
Cooking water reserved
Grated Parmesan cheese

In a skillet, heat oil. Add shallots or onion and cook till begin to soften, about 5 -7 minutes.
Add ground beef and break up the chunks while incorporating the shallot. When the meat is almost cooked through (about 10 minutes), add the tomato paste or sauce, garlic powder and salt.
Cook another 3-5 minutes. Cover and set aside.

Cook pasta to direction till al dente. Mine was good in about 10 minutes. Drain, reserve about a ¼ cup of water. Add pasta to your meat mixture and the water stir till pasta is coated with sauce for about a minute or 2.

Serve topped with freshly grated parmesan.

I also topped mine with roasted cherry tomatoes that I needed to use up (optional).  Coat with oil and roast at 350 for about 30 minutes,  shaking to toss occasionally.

Enjoy! This was a big hit at my house.

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