Braised Beef in Red Wine Sauce

Total Time
5hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 hrs

Rather like a daube - but this is an Italian-style pot roast. It takes rather a long while to cook, but it can be made ahead and reheated. It is great served with pan-fried polenta to dip into the tasty sauce and sautéed spinach alongside.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Season beef (lightly if using salted broth).
  2. Heat oil in large Dutch oven over high heat.
  3. Add beef and brown on all sides, about 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer beef to platter; reduce heat to medium.
  5. Add onion and bacon to pot.
  6. Sauté until onion is golden, about 8 minutes.
  7. Mix in tomato paste, bay leaves, cloves and rosemary.
  8. Add wine.
  9. Return meat and any juices.
  10. Cover and simmer 30 minutes, turning meat once.
  11. M ix stock and tomatoes into sauce.
  12. Cover and simmer gently until meat is tender, turning occasionally, about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
  13. Transfer beef to platter.
  14. Cover with foil to keep warm.
  15. Strain sauce through fine sieve, pressing on solids.
  16. Degrease sauce.
  17. Return sauce to pot.
  18. Boil until reduced to 2 cups, about 1 hour.
  19. Add any beef juices from platter.
  20. Cut beef across grain into 1/3 inch slices (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Rewarm gently before serving).
  21. Arrange meat slices on a platter lined with pan-fried polenta and spoon sauce over.
  22. Serve sautéed spinach alongside.
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4 5

I served this for our Christmas dinner when the turkey didn't defrost. The roast was tender and sauce was very nice over mashed potatos.