Italian Style Braised Beef

This rich beef braise makes a good family dinner.  Serve it with pasta or rice on the side.
Ingredients :

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1-1/2 lb. stewing beef, cut in 2 inch pieces
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced pancetta
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
  • 1 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 2 cups chopped canned or fresh tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
(Cooking Measurements)

Cooking Procedures :

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.  Prepare a casserole.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Pat beef dry and season with salt and pepper.  Add beef to skillet in batches and sear until browned for about 1 minute per side.
  3. Transfer beef to a casserole. Reduce heat to medium-low.  Add pancetta and cook until golden for about 2 minutes.  Add onions and carrots and cook for 2 minutes, or until softened.  Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Add wine and rosemary and bring to a boil, scraping up any caramelized bits on bottom of pan.
  5. Add stock, tomatoes and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil.
  6. Transfer contents to casserole.
  7. Bake, covered, for about 2 hours or until meat is tender.
  8. Cool.  Skim off any fat and remove bay leaf.
  9. Reheat when needed.
  10. Makes 4 servings.

PANCETTA is unsmoked Italian bacon that is cured with salt and spices.  It is made from the pork belly and afte curing is rolled into a salami-like roll.  You could use bacon instead, but there is no real substitute.

Check Out More

Easy Meal



Have You Tried These Other Recipe Ideas?

Fish Fritters

I used to eat this kind of filipino recipe dish way back home. I was delighted when I found this fish in an Asian Store. They called it silver fish (a product from China). It was packed frozen and weighed 500gms per package. It’s very simple and easy to cook with this dish. You can even substitute it with any seafoodyou like. It can be crabmeat or tagonton (small-sized shrimps) and w[...]

Chili Con Carne I

Chili Con Carne 1

Ingredients : 1 lb. ground beef 1 onion, chopped 1 green or red bell pepper, diced 1 can tomato sauce 1 bay leaf 1 tbsp. chili powder 1 (398 mL) can pork and beans salt and pepper, to taste Cooking Procedures : Brown beef in a pan over medium heat for about 4 to 6 minutes. Drain excess fat. Add onion and green (or red, if using) pepper. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Pour in tomato sauce, add bay [...]

Leave A Comment...

*