Slow-Braised Beef and Cherry Tomato Sauce


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 ½ pounds beef brisket, cubed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 quart chicken stock

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

  • 5 cloves garlic

  • 3 ½ cups tomato sauce

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 2 shallots, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 pound penne pasta

  • ½ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano


  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.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

572 Calories
29g Fat
53g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 572
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 1349mg 59%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 799mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.