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.

Chef John
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Add beef brisket and salt. Cook and stir until browned.

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  • Add chicken stock, bay leaf and rosemary. Bring to a simmer, turn to low.

  • Place cherry tomatoes, garlic, shallots, and oil in a blender and puree until smooth.

  • 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.

  • Add tomato sauce and cream. Stir to combine. Simmer until tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • 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.

  • Mix pasta with sauce and serve topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

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Nutrition Facts

572 calories; 29.1 g total fat; 73 mg cholesterol; 1349 mg sodium. 53 g carbohydrates; 26.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2012
This is like homemade Chef Boyardee! I found it a bit plain - if you saw the video definitely spice it up as Chef John suggests. Even following his recommendations it was still bland. I would also add a generous amount of frozen peas at the end of the cooking time to help offse the blandness. The meat turned out great. Don't worry about the sauce being too watery - the pasta will suck it all in and it will actually turn out a bit dry. I'll use less pasta next time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2012
I tried it in a slow cooker with the brisket whole. It seems a bit watery at first. I'm hoping it will thicken up. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2012
This is like homemade Chef Boyardee! I found it a bit plain - if you saw the video definitely spice it up as Chef John suggests. Even following his recommendations it was still bland. I would also add a generous amount of frozen peas at the end of the cooking time to help offse the blandness. The meat turned out great. Don't worry about the sauce being too watery - the pasta will suck it all in and it will actually turn out a bit dry. I'll use less pasta next time. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
03/05/2012
This is like homemade Chef Boyardee! I found it a bit plain - if you saw the video definitely spice it up as Chef John suggests. Even following his recommendations it was still bland. I would also add a generous amount of frozen peas at the end of the cooking time to help offse the blandness. The meat turned out great. Don't worry about the sauce being too watery - the pasta will suck it all in and it will actually turn out a bit dry. I'll use less pasta next time. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2012
This was really yummy! Super important to note that the actual recipe from Chef John's website calls for prepared tomato sauce as in the jar stuff...not plain tomato sauce from the can! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2012
This was a very good recipe. Very tasty. The only time consuming part was cutting up the brisket into cubes. I will be making this one again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/08/2012
I tried it in a slow cooker with the brisket whole. It seems a bit watery at first. I'm hoping it will thicken up. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2012
Super yummy and really easy to make. It yielded a bit more sauce than I needed but I like extra sauce when I reheat pasta dishes. Great for a group. Makes a large amount. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/14/2012
Made this exactly as the recipe was written. It was okay but definitely not worth the 14 the brisket cost. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2016
Loved it!! Savory and delicious! Use a good tomato sauce and braise the meat real well so it carmelizes! I used a crock pot or he slow cooking and that worked well! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/27/2015
I thought this was fabulous!! Good for a cool day when you can be home most of the afternoon as it is a little time consuming. Made the house smell good. I did appreciate the video and did add a little spice as suggested. I would make it again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2012
Reminds me of something my mother used to make while we were growing up! I love this dish and usually make it on a Saturday or Sunday when I can cook it for a long period of time! Read More