Spiced Beef & Mafalda Pasta with Sweet Peppers & Currants

Spiced Beef & Mafalda Pasta

with Sweet Peppers & Currants

25 MIN
2 Servings
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This unique dish highlights quatre épices—a warming blend of nutmeg, ginger, white pepper, and cloves—which lends deep, bold flavor to the beef, onion, and peppers we’re tossing into ruffle-edged mafalda pasta. It’s all finished in the pan with a touch of creamy mascarpone cheese, plus some of the starchy cooking water to help each bite of pasta absorb all of the delicious flavors.

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Cut off and discard the stems of the sweet peppers; remove the cores. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the piquante peppers

Cook the pasta:
2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly. 

Cook the beef & vegetables:
3 Cook the beef & vegetables:

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the beef, sliced sweet peppers, quatre épices, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Carefully drain off and discard any excess oil. 

Make the sauce:
4 Make the sauce:

To the pan, add the tomato paste, currants, and chopped piquante peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Finish & serve your dish:
5 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pan, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Add the mascarpone; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve, peel, and medium dice the onion. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Cut off and discard the stems of the sweet peppers; remove the cores. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Roughly chop the piquante peppers

2 Cook the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly. 

Cook the pasta:
Cook the beef & vegetables:
3 Cook the beef & vegetables:

Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the diced onion and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the beef, sliced sweet peppers, quatre épices, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Carefully drain off and discard any excess oil. 

4 Make the sauce:

To the pan, add the tomato paste, currants, and chopped piquante peppers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the beef is cooked through. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Make the sauce:
Finish & serve your dish:
5 Finish & serve your dish:

To the pan, add the cooked pasta and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Add the mascarpone; stir to combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!

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