Meet the Cook: This is an all-time favorite because it combines the satisfying ingredients of meat and vegetables with the flavor and textures of pasta dishes. My husband is a hunter besides, so on occasion I'll use elk or venison in place of the beef. We have three daughters and three grandchildren. Plus, my husband's the oldest of 14 children. Having 30 or 40 for holiday dinners isn't uncommon! -Ann Shorey, Sutherlin, Oregon
- 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 large onions, quartered
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons seasoned salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
- 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian stewed tomatoes
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
- 3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 8 ounces mostaccioli or penne pasta, cooked and drained
- 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- Toss meat with flour; brown on all sides in oil in 5-qt. Dutch oven. Add garlic and onions; saute until tender. Stir in the broth, seasoned salt, chili powder, oregano and rosemary.
- Cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, parsley and carrots. Cover and simmer for 1 hour or until meat and carrots are tender. Stir in macaroni; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Italian Hunters Stew in Country Woman January/February 1995, p33
Full-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.
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