Slow-Cooked Beef with Tortellini

By Dixie Elliott

Slow-Cooked Beef with Tortellini

With the weather cooling down, why not try this tender slow-cooked beef with tortellini. And better yet, serve it with a beautiful wine as chosen by MiNDFOOD Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas. 

Slow-Cooked Beef with Tortellini Recipe

Serves 4-6

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 125g thinly sliced pancetta or rindless bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1.2kg chuck steak, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock or water
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 tsp Tuscan seasoning
  • 500g tortellini
  • 150g mozzarella, torn
  • ¼ cup finely grated parmesan

How to make this Slow-Cooked Beef with Tortellini

1 Heat oil in a large deep frying pan or saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, pancetta, carrot and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add beef, tomatoes, stock, wine and seasoning. Stir until well combined and mixture comes to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 2 hours or until beef is very tender.

2 Preheat oven to 200˚C. Cook tortellini according to packet instructions. Drain; transfer to a large baking dish. Spoon beef sauce over tortellini. Top with mozzarella. Bake for 25 minutes or until mozzarella is melted. Serve topped with parmesan.

Wine matches from MiNDFOOD Master Sommelier, Cameron Douglas for Slow-Cooked Beef with Tortellini

An earthy, wholesome dish with key flavours of caramelised meat, mozzarella, tomato and seasoning, these wines are perfectly matched depending on what you are in the mood for. 

Traditional match: Ata Rangi Crimson 2018 $38.00 Young Pinot Noir from the Wairarapa contrasts all the earthy themed ingredients and stands tall against the power of mozzarella and bite of flavour soaked pasta.  

Fun match: Cecchi Chianti Classico 2016. From the heartland of Tuscany this Sangiovese based wine becomes soft and silky and loaded with cherry and plum flavours when challenged by the cheese, meat, celery and bacon. $24.00 

Adventurous match: Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Shiraz 2015. From our good mates over in Western Australia this fine wine is not shy of power and fruit with a back bone of acidity and black currant fruit flavours. It should generate lots of discussion about which you enjoy more the food or the wine – hopefully both. $48.00 


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