Slow-Braised Beef and Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe -
Slow-Braised Beef and Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe
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Slow-Braised Beef and Cherry Tomato Sauce
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Slow-Braised Beef and Cherry Tomato Sauce

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"This deeply flavored sauce has a special beefiness that only a brisket can bring. Despite being such a slowly cooked dish, the fragrant cherry tomatoes give the sauce a surprisingly bright, fresh flavor and glow."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 15 mins


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Add beef brisket and salt. Cook and stir until browned.
  2. Add chicken stock, bay leaf and rosemary. Bring to a simmer, turn to low.
  3. Place cherry tomatoes, garlic, shallots, and oil in a blender and puree until smooth.
  4. Add puree to the pot. Add tomato paste. Stir to combine. Return to simmer. Cook on low for 2 1/2 hours with the lid on. Uncover and cook for another hour, simmering on low.
  5. Add tomato sauce and cream. Stir to combine. Simmer until tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a boil. Stir in penne, and return to a boil. Cook pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes; drain.
  7. Mix pasta with sauce and serve topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 05, 2012

This is like homemade Chef Boyardee! I found it a bit plain - if you saw the video, definitely spice it up as Chef John suggests. Even following his recommendations, it was still bland. I would also add a generous amount of frozen peas at the end of the cooking time, to help offse the blandness. The meat turned out great. Don't worry about the sauce being too watery - the pasta will suck it all in, and it will actually turn out a bit dry. I'll use less pasta next time.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 08, 2012

I tried it in a slow cooker with the brisket whole. It seems a bit watery at first. I'm hoping it will thicken up.

Mar 18, 2012

This was really yummy! Super important to note that the actual recipe from Chef John's website calls for *prepared tomato sauce*, as in, the jar stuff...not plain tomato sauce from the can!

Mar 10, 2012

This was a very good recipe. Very tasty. The only time consuming part was cutting up the brisket into cubes. I will be making this one again.

Mar 04, 2012

Super yummy and really easy to make. It yielded a bit more sauce than I needed but I like extra sauce when I reheat pasta dishes. Great for a group. Makes a large amount.

Apr 14, 2012

Made this exactly as the recipe was written. It was okay, but definitely not worth the $14 the brisket cost.

May 27, 2015

I thought this was fabulous!! Good for a cool day when you can be home most of the afternoon as it is a little time consuming. Made the house smell good. I did appreciate the video and did add a little spice as suggested. I would make it again!

Oct 13, 2012

Reminds me of something my mother used to make while we were growing up! I love this dish and usually make it on a Saturday or Sunday when I can cook it for a long period of time!


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  • Calories
  • 572 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 53 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 73 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 29.1 g
  • 45%
  • Fiber
  • 4.2 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 26.8 g
  • 54%
  • Sodium
  • 1349 mg
  • 54%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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