Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Stewing Beef and Macaroni

Those of you who know me know that I cook a lot. I never really had cooking dreams in my youth, but my love for cooking and baking grew more and more as it became more necessary for me to have to cook! There are zillions of blogs and cooking websites out there. I thought I might add to those and occasionally post a recipe of something that our family loves to eat or is a unique family recipe. Some of you have asked me for different recipes that I make, but you know I am terrible about getting back to you on that! I do not plan to post recipes on a regular basis, but if there is a recipe you want from me, let me know!!

Stewing Beef and Macaroni

(Family recipe)

1 pound of beef stewing meat

4 cups of water with beef soup base thrown in to flavor (beef stock would work, too)

Garlic salt and pepper

1 lb box of preferred pasta (I use farfalle...not macaroni)

I cook this meal over a period of at least 4 hours. I use a countertop roaster, but this can be cooked on the stove in a dutch oven as well.
Put stewing meat into roaster and season with garlic salt and black pepper. Add about 4 cups of water and 2 tbsp soup base into the water. (You may need to taste the broth partway through to be sure there is enough flavor.) Cover the roaster and simmer around 200-250 degrees for 4 hours or until meat is very tender and can be cut easily with a fork. Stir occasionally.
When meat is tender...cook box of pasta (do NOT overcook), strain and add into the stewing meat mixture. Stir it all together and allow it to sit for a few minutes so the pasta can absorb some of the yummy broth.

This recipe is perfect for a busy day. Very easy to make and versatile. The only things you need to be picky about are the flavor of the broth and the amount of broth. It is important to have enough broth for the pasta to mix in with so that the dish is not dry. If I end up with too much broth I just add some more noodles. Be sure to taste when it is all mixed together in case you need to add more salt or pepper!!

I serve this with salad, bread and a veggie. (Brussel sprouts, peas and corn go well. Yes, my kids do eat brussel sprouts!)


Hilary said...

Yum...that sounds really good! I really wish I enjoyed cooking more. Between you and my sister, I can hardly even attempt to keep up! Keep passing along recipes you think a typcial family might enjoy!

By typical, I mean kids, AND ADULTS, who don't eat brussel sprouts. : )