It isn’t often that I really have the time to make a full meal on weeknights with all the soccer we have. But there are times when I just want a good homestyle delicious meal that doesn’t take hours upon hours to make and the whole family loves it. I recently got a Mealthy MultiPot for review and wanted to test out my Homestyle Beef Ragu that would normally take a couple of hours simmering to make the beef tender can now be done in about an hour with the Mealthy MultiPot doing most of the work.
What I love about using the Mealthy MultiPot is that I can get the first part of the Homestyle Beef Ragu recipe going before we leave for soccer practice. That is the part where I saute the meat and veggies to build some flavor on them. The second part of the recipe can cook while we are away at practice then the Mealthy MultiPot will keep the food warm until we get home. We get a good homestyle cooked meal that is delicious and the pot does most of the work.
Homestyle Beef Ragu
This beef ragu is like an Italian version of pot roast in a way. It is heavily tomato based like a meat sauce but is made with stew meat versus hamburger. To make it on the stove takes hours to give the meat time to break down and melt into the sauce. Using the Mealthy MultiPot, the meat break down in just about 45 minutes.
The recipe starts by sauteing stew meat. This can actually be done in the MultiPot by using the saute setting and leaving the lid off of the pot. You will have to work in batches to just do a quick browning of the meat. I buy the meat already cubed and you should be able to find it in most grocery stores. Once the meat has all been browned, set it aside in a bowl. You will then saute the veggies for about 5 minutes to soften them up a bit. They will further soften in the later cooking so don’t worry about if they are still hard after the 5 minutes.
Next you will add all the rest of the ingredients and the browned meat into the MultiPot and stir. Secure the lid and put the valve over to the sealing position. For this recipe I used to the Meat/Stew button and increased the time to 45. The MultiPot will go through its warm up stage and eventually you will see steam rise from the valve stem. As it comes to where it needs to be the valve will eventually pop up and seal itself so that the ingredients inside will be cooked with pressure. This pressure helps foods cook faster and gets food to your table faster.
If you are home when the timer gets done, you can do a quick release of the steam by switching the valve release to venting. Make sure to not have your hand or face over the MultiPot when you do this. Also make sure it is not placed directly under your cabinets. If you are not home then the machine will do a natural release and it automatically turns itself to Keep Warm for as long as you need it to.
I know when I get home from soccer that my food will be done and kept warm and ready to eat as soon as we walk in the door. You can customize this recipe by adding more veggies if you want, adding in a cup of red wine for a deeper richer flavor, or just make it as is for a hearty home cooked meal. Serve the Homestyle Beef Ragu over pasta, rice, spaghetti squash, zoodles, the possibilities are endless. Hey even a big piece of french bread and a spoon is all you need.
- 2 lb. cubed stew meat
- 2 T oil
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup chopped carrot
- 1 container sliced mushrooms
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- Small can of tomato paste
- 2(14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes
- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 T Italian seasoning
- 3/4 up red wine (optional)
- Set your 6 qt MultiPot to saute setting.
- Salt and pepper the stew meat, add the oil to the MultiPot, then working in batches brown the meat in the pot. Set aside in a bowl once all the meat has been browned.
- Saute the onions, carrots, mushrooms, and garlic for about 5 minutes, just so the veggies soften slightly. Turn off the saute setting.
- Add in the browned stew meat, tomato paste, sauce, and diced tomatoes to the MulitPot as well as the seasonings and salt and pepper to taste. If you like add in the red wine for a deeper more robust flavor though it can be left out.
- Put the lid to the MulitPot on and to the locked position, set the valve release to sealing. Using the Meat/Stew setting adjust the time to 45 minutes, and let your MultiPot do its magic.
- Once the timer goes off you can either do a quick release of the steam by turning the valve release to venting or let it do a natural release until the lid is unlocked and ready to be removed.
- The stew meat should be tender and ready for serving over pasta, rice, polenta, or just a good crusty bread.
If you don’t have a Mealthy MultiPot, seriously go get one. It will change the way you get dinner on the table and you will be able to transform recipes that normally take hours into a few minutes. I already have ideas of how I can use it for all of our meals.
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