A slow simmering Italian comfort meal. Sauce and hearty beef in your crockpot or sauce pot served over bow pasta. Great for anytime of the week —Marisa R
extra virgin olive oil
fennel bulb, washed, stems trimmed
carrot, peeled, ends cut, washed
asparagus spears, washed, woody ends snapped off
beef outside round, cutlets
sea salt to taste
full bodied red wine
sprigs flat leaf parsley, chopped include stems
box farfalle or bow pasta, cooked and drained
In This Recipe
Preheat a large sauce pot, big enough to hold everything. On med heat add oil and onions, cook stirring occasionally for 3-5min to soften.
Meanwhile cut vegetables ,10-12 pieces 1/4" thick match stick pieces 3"-4" long, set aside
On a clean cutting board place 1 cutlet narrow end facing you. Place 1 slice of ham on top and 1 piece of each vegetables in a neat pile on end facing you. Roll away from you, making a tight bundle, secure with toothpicks or metal skewers. Continue for all bundles.
Push onions off to one side of the pot and begin to brown bundles on all sides. Move bundles around to make space for all the them. It doesn't matter if they stack when browned.
Add wine continue cooking to reduce alcohol by 1/3 on medium high heat. Add tomato puree, spices, herbs and seasonings. Bring to a gently boil, add water and paste, stir. Reduce heat to a slow simmer. Stir occasionally, if liquid reduces too much add more water or wine. Cook for 1 1/2hrs. until fork tender.
Serve over cooked pasta, removing picks before serving.
Meat and sauce can be prepared the night before and placed in slow cooker in the morning.
When all ingredients come to a boil, transfer to a slow cooker and cook for 4-6hrs. If it becomes too watery, leave lid slightly ajar, to allow steam to escape.