1-800-454-5922 Toll Free
Email Address
Password

Tuscan ox cheeks and pici pasta

  • Tuscan Chianti Braised Ox Cheeks and Pici Pasta

    Serves 4 people
    Cooking time: 3 hours

    Ingredients
    2 ox cheeks, 1.5kg approximately
    325ml of red chianti 
    1 bay leaf
    peppercorns, a few
    1 garlic clove, bashed, for the marinade
    1 large onion, peeled and chopped
    1 stick of celery, finely chopped
    2 carrots, peeled and diced
    2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
    300ml of beef stock 
    2 tbsp tomato purée
    salt pepper
    oil

    For the Pasta
    3 cups 00 pasta flour
    4 eggs
    1 tbsp olive oil

    1. The day before, put the ox cheeks in a bowl and add the wine, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaf, cover and leave to marinade overnight in the fridge.
    2. On the day, fry the onion until golden then add the carrot, celery and sliced garlic and gently fry.
    3. Remove the mix from the frying pan and pour into a casserole dish.
    4. Remove the ox cheeks from the marinade, saving the liquid, season the meat then place in the pan and brown on both sides. Pour the marinade over the ox cheeks to deglaze the pan.
    5. Add the contents of the pan to the casserole dish, place the lid on and bake in the oven for 3 hours.
    6. Half way through cooking turn over the ox cheeks so that the sauce helps to cook them.
    7. After three hours, the meat should fall apart. If not, cook for another 20 minutes to 1 hour. 
    8. When done, pull the meat apart into small pieces so that it mixes with the sauce.
    While the meat is cooking make the pasta
    9. Place the flour in a mound on the worktop and make a hole in the centre. Crack the eggs into the hole and add the oil. Using a fork start stirring the eggs into the flour, pulling in flour from the edge as you go. Then mix with your hands and knead into a ball.
    10. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes. To make pici pasta, either roll the dough out and cut strips then roll into spaghetti-like strands, or break off small chunks and roll out between your hands and then on the worktop.
    11. Add the pasta to boiling water and cook for 6 minutes, then strain and toss in the meat sauce.
    12. Serve with grated hard Italian cheese and some fresh basil.

    Recipe created by: Aimee Twigger
    http://www.twiggstudios.com/2016/09/tuscan-chianti-braised-ox-cheeks-pici-pasta/

Experience an official tuscany tour with

Truffle Hunting in Siena

Tuscany and the Sienese area are not only famous for the production of meats and cheeses, but they are also the cradle of one of the most refined and particular flavors that mother nature has given us: the truffle. Let yourself be guided by an experienced truffle hunter and his faithful dogs, personally trained by him, in the discovery of this very particular product. 

from 58,02 US Dollar

Valdorcia full-day Tour: Pienza and Montepulciano

Tha Valdorcia full-day tour includes some of the most beautiful towns of Tuscany like Pienza, birthplace of Pope Pius II, also known as 'the ideal town', and Montepulciano, once property of the powerful Medici family.

from 1129,43 US Dollar

Get Married in Florence

Choose Florence as the ideal setting for your symbolic wedding or vows renewal ceremony. You will enjoy a truly unique, unforgettable experience!
The event will take place on a romantic terrace overlooking the historical town center, on the top roof of an elegant 4 star hotel.This package for two, includes 1.5-hour professional photography, toast with sparkling white wine, a complete meal (lunch or dinner) and a great customer service experience!

from 1740,62 US Dollar

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Tuscany from Siena

Admire the gorgeous landscapes of Tuscany from above on this 1-hour hot air balloon flight from Siena! This thrilling hot air balloon ride takes you up 2,000 feet (609 meters) over the rolling hills, classic Italian villas, imposing castles and sprawling vineyards and olive groves of the Tuscan countryside. Toast to this unforgettable experience with a glass of sparkling wine upon landing.

from 290,1 US Dollar
Villa finder