If you saw the video recipe for the London Broil I did using the Normanton Farm's grass-fed beef, you saw me save some of the top round, which had a little more connective tissue in it, to make a meat sauce recipe. This is that.
Most meat sauce recipes call for ground beef, and as most butchers will tell you (off the record), it isn't exactly the premium cuts that go into making ground beef. In fact, usually included somewhere in their answer is the statement, "you really don’t want to know."
This super-easy video recipe for a braised beef pasta sauce is similar to regular ground meat sauces, but instead uses freshly cubed beef as the base. The advantages are obvious and quite delicious.
Using this method, you get to choose the cut you like; I used top round, but rump roast, or chuck steak would be just as good. You can also control the fat content, trimming as you and your summer Speedo see fit. Enjoy!
1 pound top round steak (may substitute rump roast, or chuck steak)
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
red pepper flakes to taste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onions, white and light green parts only, chopped
1/2 cup beef broth or water
1/2 cup milk
1 (28-oz) jar prepared pasta sauce
1 (14.5-oz) package penne pasta, cooked
grated Parmesan cheese as needed