Ingredients (Serves 4-6) :
- 1 parsnip
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- ¼ cup oil + 1 Tb
- 1 Tb butter
- 1 kg (2.2 lb) beef (slow cooking beef, i.e. chuck roast or brisket)
- 18 oz good ale (a typical bottle of beer is 12oz, so you will use around 1 1/2 bottles)
- Salt & pepper
- 2 cup (240g) fine rye flour
- 2 cup (280g) flour (if using all purpose, then you will need to sift it first)
- 4 eggs
- 10 Tb water
- hard goat cheese (optional)
- Chop the parsnip, onion and carrot finely.
- In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil over medium heat and add the chopped vegetables.
- Sauté the vegetables until softened and golden, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the pot and set aside.
- Turn up the heat and add 1 Tb of butter and 1 Tb of oil to the pot.
- Pat the meat dry and cut the meat into four equal pieces.
- Place the beef in the pot and sear all sides until browned.
- Add the vegetables back into the pot and gently pour the ale over everything.
- Add 1 Tb of salt and give it a nice stir.
- Turn the heat to low, cover with a lid and let it simmer for around 3-4 hours (checking once every hour or so to turn the meat).
In the meantime, prepare your noodles.
- In a bowl, blend the fine rye flour and white flour (tipo 00 is a good choice) together.
- Pour out onto a clean surface. Make a well in the middle of the flour with your fingers and crack both eggs inside. Add 5 Tb of the water. With a fork, begin to whisk the eggs gradually adding a little flour from the sides of the well from time to time until it makes sense to stop using the fork and dive in with your hands.
- Add the remaining water as you go along if the dough is too dry (you might find you need more or less liquid depending on the size of your eggs, the humidity, etc.). Begin kneading the dough by hand until it is firm, but smooth and elastic. It should take you about 10 minutes.
- Let the dough rest, covered with a cloth, for at least 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 4 pieces.
- Flatten the first dough, just thin enough to fit through the first setting on a pasta machine. You will want to make your way through each setting a couple of times (folding the dough in half per setting) until you make your way to the third to last setting (#3 if using a 1-7 setting machine). You’ll notice the dough getting quite a bit longer as you proceed. And you will probably only need to put the pasta through one or two times on the final settings. Keep some flour on hand to lightly sprinkle across the dough if it begins to get a little sticky as you pass it through the machine. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
- Cut each rolled-out dough in half.
- Sprinkle a little flour over each one.
- Take one section of dough at a time and begin to roll it from the shorter side over. You should end up with a 5/6 inch wide scroll.
- Take a sharp knife and cut 2/3 inch strands.
- Unravel each strand and repeat with the remaining dough. Cover.
Back to the meat
- After 3-4 hours, check the tenderness of the meat. It’s ready when it easily pulls away with a fork.
- Take out all the meat pieces and shred them coarsely with two forks.
- Return the meat back to the pot and bring everything to a boil, uncovered, to allow most (but not all) of the liquid to evaporate. You will want enough liquid to make a nice sauce – not too thick, but not too thin.
Back to the Pasta
- Place a large pot of water on the stove over high heat. Add a tablespoon of salt and toss in your homemade pasta.
- Cook until al dente, about 1 minute.
- Drain the pasta.
- Toss it in the pot with the beer-braised beef and mix well. Serve immediately.
Note: This dish goes well with grated hard goat’s cheese.