Beef Broth with Orecchiette Pasta
Beef broth is the perfect weekday dinner for those cold days. Imagine having a warm bowl of beef broth when you come from work.. and to make it even better we are adding a traditional Italian pasta which comes from Puglia, and is called orecchiette.
- 2 medium onions
- a couple stalks celery
- 2 large carrots
- 8 medium cherry tomatoes
- 500 grams chuck steak pieces for making a broth
- 2 or 3 beef bones
- 150 grams orecchiette pasta
- high quality extra virgin olive oil
- 2 litres water (or more depending on how long you leave it to simmer)
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional bay leaf or cloves
Start by cutting the onions into medium pieces
Then cut your carrots into thick slices; and do the same for your celery stalks.
Next, cut your cherry tomatoes in half.
Clean your meat pieces, and prepare them in a bowl.
Transfer all your vegetables to a big pot on the stove or hob.
Drizzle a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil on top of your vegetables; cover with a lid and let them saute` for 10 minutes.
Next, add the beef and bones, season with salt and pepper, and mix everything together. Leave them to cook for 5 minutes.
It’s now time to add your water. Add 1.5 litres now, cover the pot with the lid, and leave to simmer for at least 1 hour, if possible longer.
Every now and then have a look so you can remove the foam that is created at the top. That’s created by the excess fat in the beef. Remove it and throw it away.
After an hour or one hour and a half, add half a litre to 1 litre of water. The longer you leave it simmering for, the more water you want to add back. Then let it simmer again for another 30 minutes.
It’s now time to add your pasta and leave it to cook following the packaging instructions.
Once ready, serve and enjoy with plenty of beef broth, vegetables and beef pieces.
You can make extra and have leftovers the next day for lunch or dinner. Make sure to serve your pasta with some grated parmesan on top. For all the vegans, feel free to replace the beef with your favourite type of mushrooms.