Northern Italian Beef Stew

Northern Italian Beef Stew

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean top round, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 large sweet onions, diced
  • 2 cups large chunks of celery
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large rounds
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes (such as Red Bliss), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 quart beef stock
  • 2 cups tomato sauce

Directions

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef in batches in hot oil until browned completely, about 5 minutes per batch. Remove browned beef cubes to a plate lined with paper towels, keeping skillet over heat and retaining the beef drippings.
Cook and stir onion, celery, and carrots in the retained beef drippings until just softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir mushrooms and garlic into the onion mixture.
Pour red wine into the pan; bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Continue cooking the mixture until the wine evaporates, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir tomatoes into the mixture.
Return beef to skillet with potatoes, basil, thyme, marjoram, and sage. Pour beef stock and tomato sauce over the mixture. Bring the liquid to a simmer.
Reduce heat to low and simmer until the beef is very tender and the sauce is thick, 4 to 6 hours.

Fettuccine with Ham, Mushroom and Peas

This is a weekly stand by that we have been making for years and years.  It’s not really much of a recipe, but we base it on a recipe from a cookbook that I think somebody gave us as a wedding present – almost 23 short years ago.  Everybody likes it and it couldn’t be easier to make.  (Jack always gripes about the mushrooms but tough luck Jack.)

We made this last Sunday and made it even better because we made homemade pasta.  We haven’t made pasta in a super long time and me and Sophie had fun doing it together.  I don’t think she ever made it before.

The pasta dough recipe we use is from the New Basics. It makes about the equivalent of one pound of dried pasta:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs

Place the flour in a food processor, and with the motor running, add the eggs one at a time.  Continue processing for 15 seconds.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until it has formed a smooth, firm ball.

Cover with a kitchen towel and let rest for 30 minutes.

Divide the ball into 5 pieces.  Use pasta maker to roll out each ball for whatever kind of pasta you want.

Back to the ham, mushrooms and peas: in goes the butter:

Adapted from 365 Ways to Cook Pasta, Marie Simmons

Paglia E Fieno

  • 6 T. butter (we usually use much less)
  • 12 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1 cup heavy cream (we usually use skim milk because it’s in the fridge and it works fine…but of course tastes better if use use whole milk or half and half)
  • 1/2 cup slivered cooked ham
  • 1 lb fettuccine
  • lots of parmesean
  1. Heat 3 T. butter in skillet; add mushrooms and saute for about 5-10 minutes.  Add the peas and cook for a few minutes.  Add 1/2 cup of cream, heat to boiling and simmer until thickened.  Add the ham and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the fettuccine in boiling water until cooked al dente.  Drain when done.
  3. Throw the fettuccine in the skillet with the mushrooms, ham and peas – put in more butter and cream if you want it.  A scoop or two of pasta water is good also.  Add lots of parmesean cheese and more salt and pepper if you want.

Enjoy

Turkey Meatloaf

Jane Brody

  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 2 t. minced garlic (2 large cloves)
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery (2 large stalks)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced leeks (white and pale green parts) or ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 ½ cups diced red sweet pepper (2 medium) or 2 roasted peppers diced
  • 2 ½ cups thinly sliced mushrooms (1/2 pound)
  • 1 ¼ lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ t. freshly ground black pepper
  • dash of nutmeg
  • ½ cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley

In a large skillet, heat the oil briefly, and sauté the garlic, celery, leeks or onions and red pepper, stirring the vegetables until slightly softened, about 3-4 min.

Meanwhile, boil a kettle of water, and preheat the oven to 375.

Stir the mushrooms into the red pepper mixture, cover the pan for a few minutes until the mushrooms start to give up their liquid, then remove the cove, and sauté the vegetables, stirring them, until all the liquid has evaporated.  Remove the vegetables from the heat and set them aside.

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, egg white or whole egg, salt, pepper, nutmeg, bread crumbs and parsley.   Add the sautéed vegetables, and combine the ingredients well.  Transfer the turkey mixture to a lightly greased loaf pan (approximately 8 x 4 inches), and set the pan in a large, shallow baking dish.

Place the pans in the preheated oven, pour the boiling water into the outer pan to a depth of about one inch, and bake the loaf for 1 hour 15 minutes.  Remove the loaf pan from the outer pan and from the oven.  Let the loaf rest for 15 minutes, then remove it from its pan for slicing.

Vegetable Lasagna

Jane Brody

  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion (1 ½ large)
  • 2 large cloves , finely minced (2 teaspoons)
  • 6 oz. mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 3 T. sherry
  • 1 T. butter or margarine
  • 2 large stalks broccoli chopped (about 4 cups)
  • ½ lb. spinach, washed well and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • ½ t. low salt alternative
  • 16 oz. (2 cups) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 4 oz. part-skim mozzarella, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 3 T. grated Parmesan
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or 1 T. dried
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ t. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ t. salt, if desired
  • 3 cups tomato sauce (homemade or canned)
  • 8 oz. lasagna noodles, cooked al dente

In a large skillet, sauté the onion, garlic, and mushrooms in sherry and butter until the vegetables are soft.

Add the chopped broccoli, spinach, and salt.  Stir to combine the ingredients, reduce the heat, cover the skillet, and simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes or until the broccoli is tender-crisp.

In a medium bowl, combine the cottage cheese, mozzarella, Parmesan, parsley, eggs, pepper, and salt.

In a baking pan approximately 13 x 9 x 2 inches, spread ½ cup of tomato sauce on bottom.  Layer the lasagna ingredients as follows: Arrange three strips of lasagna noodles on the bottom.  Spread half of the cheese mixture on noodles, then half of the vegetable mixture, and 1 cup of the tomato sauce.  Repeat, starting from the noodles.  End with a layer of noodles topped with the remaining ½ cup of tomato sauce.  Sprinkle the top of the lasagna with additional Parmesan, if desired.

Bake the lasagna at 375 for 25 minutes.  Let it stand for about 10 minutes before serving it.

Turkey Meatball Stroganoff

Jane Brody

6 servings

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
  • ½ t. salt, or to taste
  • ¼ t. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 t. poultry seasoning
  • 2 slices bread, cubed
  • ¼ cup boiling water or broth
  • 1 egg or 2 egg whites
  • Dry bread crumbs if needed
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 3 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup plain nonfat or low-fat yogurt
  • 2 T. flour

In a large bowl, thoroughly combine the turkey, onion, parsley, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.

In a small bowl, soften the bread cubes in the water or broth.  Add the cubes to the turkey mixture along with the egg or egg whites.  Mix the ingredients well, and shape the mixture into 24 1 ½-inch balls.  If the mixture is too well to form into balls, either refrigerate it for about 1 hour or add some dry bread crumbs

Heat 2 t. of the oil in a large nonstick skillet.  Add the mushrooms to the pan, and sauté them over medium-high heat to brown them.  Remove them with a slotted spoon to a large bowl.  Set the bowl aside.

Reduce the head to medium-low, and add the meatballs in batches of 8, browning them on all sides.  Add more oil if needed.  Transfer the browned meatballs to the bowl containing the mushrooms.

When all the meatballs have been browned, return them and the mushrooms to the skillet, add teh1 cup of broth, bring the liquid to a simmer, cover the skillet tightly, and simmer the ingredients for about 20 minutes.  With a slotted spoon, remove the solid contents of the skillet to the large bowl, leaving the liquid in the skillet.  Cover the bowl, and keep the ingredients warm.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the yogurt and flour, stirring the ingredients until the mixture is smooth, and add the mixture to the liquid in the skillet.  Bring this mixture to a near-boil, stirring it, lower the heat, and cook the mixture over low heat until the sauce thickens.  Return the meatballs and mushrooms to the skillet, and combine them with the sauce

Serve over cooked medium-wide egg noodles garnished with chopped fresh parsley

Spaghetti with Sausage and Zucchini

Evie Davis

This is an old stand bye in our house.

  • 1 ½ lbs. Mild Italian sausage cut into small pieces
  • ½ lb. Fresh mushrooms
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup cooking sherry
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 lb. Sliced zucchini
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 lb. Spaghetti

Sauté sausage and mushrooms in melted butter in large frying pan.  Add sherry and bouillon.  Stir until bouillon dissolves.  Add zucchini and onion.  Cook partially covered over medium heat until sausage is done, about 30 minutes.  Serve over spaghetti.  Pass the parmesan!

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Kirsten Gail

10 servings

  • 2 boxes Uncle Ben’s Wild rice
  • 8 oz. Mushrooms
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ¼ butter or margarine
  • salt and pepper (make sure you put some in because it will need it)
  • 4 cups diced chicken
  • 2 cups canned chicken broth
  • ½ cup blanched almonds
  • ½ pint heavy cream

Sauté mushrooms and onions in butter.  Cook rice according to package directions.  Mix all together.  Bake uncovered for one hour at 350.

Freezes well before or after cooking.