|This post is sponsored by Santa Cristina Wines in collaboration with Honest Cooking Magazine. All opinions are mine. #ad|
With the holiday season quickly creeping up on us, have you started planning your dinner menu yet?!?
It’s never too early to think out what you will bring to the table for your family and friends. It’s sure nice to serve the always-delicious turkey with all the fun stuff around it, from the flavorful stuffing to the creamy sweet potatoes, from the dense gravy to the cannot-be-forgotten cranberry sauce.
But for once, why not add something new?!? Something exciting. Something elegant and scrumptious. Something that will wow your guests, leave them in awe and all talking about those amazing, non-traditional but so-Italian casarecce pasta you made. Topped with a fall-apart-tender and extra flavorful beef ragu’ braised in red wine. How about that?!?
This pasta is super easy to prepare, but the cooking time is quite long. So make sure to plan ahead of time and start the recipe about 8 hours before you want to serve … or the day before. That’s perfectly fine too!
The first step of the recipe is to brown the meat, both sides for a few minutes which adds flavor to the beef. You then saute’ the veggies and add all to the slow cooker together with the red wine and broth. Seal the top and that’s all. No need to look after it. Just let the slow cooker do its magic. Oh yeah! Miraculous things happen when you let food cook in red wine for several hours. Trust me.
If you don’t have a slow cooker (seriously, what’s wrong with you?!? … just kidding!) do not worry. You can place it all in a Dutch oven or an oven pan with a lid that seals well. Add a double piece of aluminum foil on top if necessary to seal better. The idea is to keep as much of the liquid (wine, broth and juices) in the pan while cooking, to make the meat extra tender. In this case tough you will bake the meat for about 3 hours, and need to check it a few times and add more broth if needed.
I served my braised beef pasta with this easy-to-enjoy bottle of Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore DOCG 2016.
Santa Cristina is a highly acclaimed Italian winery situated in Cortona (Tuscany) and well known for its exceptional quality and value, and wines that can be consumed right after bottling.
This delightful Chianti Superiore is rich and aromatic, boasting a cherry and violet flavors with hints of wild herbs and spices. Its soft and velvety palate, and long and savory aftertaste perfectly pairs with red meat, especially juicy steaks or pasta dishes with meat sauce. So, this fruity wine pairs perfectly with my braised beef pasta I’ve made today, bringing out the subtle earthy aroma of the mushrooms I added at the end.
This holiday season, don’t forget to pick up a couple of bottles of Santa Cristina Chianti Superiore.
Thank you Santa Cristina for the amazing wine!