This wonderful recipe from Jamie Oliver is hearty and uncomplicated with a surprising pop of flavor thanks to the addition of rosemary and orange zest. Mr. Oliver prepares his in a pressure cooker, but if you don't have one, it can be cooked in a covered Dutch oven on the stove over low heat, or in a 140 degree oven, for about 3 hours. Stir occasionally.
800g boneless beef chuck steak, cut in large cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 sprigs rosemary, plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped leaves for garnish
2 sprigs sage
1 small red onion, peeled and cut in chunks
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and thickly sliced
1 celery stalk, thickly sliced
2 cups Chianti
2 400g cans peeled whole cherry or plum tomatoes
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Season beef with salt and pepper to taste. Place an oven-proof Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add olive oil. When oil is hot, add beef. Stir until beef is well browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add rosemary and sage sprigs, onion, garlic, carrot and celery. Reduce heat to medium-low and saute until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add Chianti and continue to simmer until liquid has reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices. Simmer, covered, in a 140-degree oven, or on the stove over low heat, for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
- Place a large pot of lightly salted water over high heat to bring to a boil. Remove Dutch oven from oven. Using two forks, finely shred meat and vegetables. Discard herb stems. Loosely cover pan and return it to low heat to keep warm.
- Add pappardelle to boiling water. As it cooks, scoop out 1/2 cup water and reserve. Cook pasta to taste, then drain well. Return pasta to pot, and add butter and 1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano; mix gently until butter has melted. Add a little reserved cooking water to loosen.
- To serve, lift pasta into each of six shallow bowls. Spoon beef ragu over top. Sprinkle each bowl with a pinch of orange zest and rosemary, and a spoonful of cheese.