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Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 3lb boneless beef short ribs, trimmed into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1.5 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Baby carrots (as tolerated)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Method

  1. Pat beef dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in pressure cooker on sauté and brown half of meet on all sides. Transfer to bowl.
  2. Add more oil to pressure cooker and heat until smoking. Add onions and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Store in tomato paste and thyme, cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  4. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Whisk in wine, scraping up any browned bits and smoothing out any lumps. Reduce slightly, about 1 minute.
  6. Stir in remaining ingredients (less parsley) and beef.
  7. Bring to a boil with the lid off.
  8. Cook under pressure for 30 minutes.
  9. Let set for 15 minutes, release pressure.
  10. Add parsley, remove bay leaves (if possible).

Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 2 6.5 oz cans tomato sauce
  • .5 cup water
  • 2 tbsp white sugar (optional?)
  • 1.5 tsp tried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • .25 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. In dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned.
  2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp salt, pepper, and 2 tbsp parsley. Simmer, covered, for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook lasagna noodles for 8-10 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Mix ricotta, egg, 2 tbsp parsley, and .5 tsp salt.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. In the 9×13″ ceramic baking dish:
    1. Spread 1.5 cups of meat sauce.
    2. Layer 6 noodles.
    3. Spread half the ricotta mixture.
    4. Top with a third of the mozzarella slices.
    5. Spread 1.5 cups of meat sauce.
    6. Sprinkle .25 cup Parmesan cheese.
    7. Repeat layers, top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Cover with release foil.
  8. Bake 25 minutes.
  9. Remove foil, bake 25 additional minutes.
  10. Cool 15 minutes before cutting.