Beef Goulash with Polenta

Serves 6 to 8

Perfect for the fall or winter, this beef dish is both comforting and filling. Although the braising takes a bit of time, this dish is still an easy way to serve a crowd since most of the cooking doesn't require constant attention.

Ingredients: 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds lean beef roast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
  • Fine sea salt, to taste
  • 2 cups uncooked polenta
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
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Method: 

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer onions to a bowl; set aside.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in pot. Working in two batches, brown beef all over, 5 to 6 minutes per batch. Add broth and cook briefly, scraping up any browned bits. Return first batch of browned beef and onions to pot. Using your hands, crush the tomatoes together with their juice, then add them along with 1/2 cup parsley and stir well. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until beef is just tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and continue to simmer until beef is very tender and sauce is thickened, about 30 minutes more.

When beef is almost tender, bring 7 cups water to a boil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add salt and sprinkle polenta in slowly, while whisking constantly. Lower heat to medium-low and stir frequently until polenta pulls away from sides of pot, 25 to 30 minutes.

Serve goulash spooned over polenta, garnished with Parmigiano-Reggiano and parsley.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:500 calories (170 from fat), 19g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 95mg cholesterol, 950mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 37g protein

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