- Preparation and cooking time
- Total time
- Serves 4
- 4 thin slices (about 600g – see notes below) chuck steak
- 4 pork sausages
- finely chopped to make 4 tbsp flat-leaf parsley
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 tbsp (optional) pine nuts
- 1 tbsp (optional) golden raisins or sultanas
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- ¼ -½ tsp piment d’espelette (see notes below) or mild chilli powder, according to taste
- 100ml red wine
- 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
- 400g macaroni
- to serve parmesan, finely grated
- STEP 1Put the chuck slices between sheets of baking paper and use a rolling pin to bash the steaks out as thinly as possible (the butcher could also do this for you). Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
- STEP 2Slit the sausages and spoon the meat out into a bowl, discarding the skins. Stir in the parsley, garlic and pine nuts, and raisins if using. Put a line of sausagemeat at the short end of one of the steaks and then roll up and secure with a toothpick, cutting off any excess meat at the end. Repeat with the rest. Roll the remaining stuffing into balls.
- STEP 3Heat the oil in a large casserole over a medium-high heat and brown the beef in batches, followed by the stuffing balls and excess meat. Scoop out onto a plate.
- STEP 4Turn down the heat and fry the onions until very soft and golden, adding a splash more oil if catching, then stir in the fennel seeds and chilli powder, and fry for another 2 minutes.
- STEP 5Stir in the wine, scraping to dissolve any crusty bits on the bottom of the pan, and then add the tomatoes. Season, arrange the meat on top and bring to a simmer. Cover and put in the oven for 21⁄2 hours or until the meat is very tender.
- STEP 6Towards the end of cooking, cook the pasta in plenty of salted water following pack instructions. Serve with parmesan on the side for sprinkling over.