Monday, October 10, 2011

Eating the Italian way!

Italians know how to live. Wine with lunch. 6 weeks of vacation a year. Here they start the meal with pasta and then you have your meat and vegetables as the second course. I have to say it was delicious - the beef slowly cooked in the tomato sauce imbibing it with a meaty flavor. As leftovers the next day I just chopped up the meat and added to the sauce for a hearty pasta meal.

Italian Pot Roast with spaghetti as a first course serves 4-6

1 onion diced
4 oz pancetta chopped
couple tablespoons olive oil
1 carrot chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
1 and 1/2 pounds of boneless beef roast
2/3 cup white wine
2 cups tomato sauce homemade if you got it!
about 3/4 pound pasta
shredded parmesan

Saute the onions with the pancetta and olive oil in a large dutch oven for about 12 min. Add carrots and garlic and cook another couple min. Push aside veggies and brown meat on all sides. Add wine and cook until mostly evaporated. Pour in tomato sauce and gently simmer turning meat a few times for about 2 hours. Cook pasta and serve it first coated with the sauce and some parmesan. Then slice the beef and serve with romano beans.

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