Penne with Beef Chile Verde Ragu

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Penne with Chile Verde Ragu
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Dutch Oven
3 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mexican
Keyword: ragu
Servings: 4 servings
  • 1 pound boneless beef chuck roast in 2-inch cubes
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 sprigs cilantro plus 1 tablespoon finely chopped leaves for garnish
  • 1 cup Dark Beer Negra Modelo or Shinner
  • 1 16- ounce jar Molli Mexico City cooking sauce
  • 1/2 pound penne rigate
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup freshly grated Queso Cotija or Feta cheese
  1. Season beef with salt and pepper to taste. Place an uncovered instant pot or oven-proof Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add olive oil.
  2. When oil is hot, add beef. Stir until beef is well browned on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add dark beer and continue to simmer until liquid has reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Add Molli Mexico City cooking sauce and cilantro springs, and if using instant pot, 1/2 cup water. Secure lid and set to "pressure cook" for 45 minutes. to bring contents of pot to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. If using Dutch oven, simmer, covered on the stove over low heat, for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  5. When meat is fully cooked, place a large pot of lightly salted water over high heat to bring to a boil.
  6. After pressure has dropped in instant pot, follow manufacturer's instructions to remove lid. Using two forks, finely shred meat. Discard cilantro stems. Loosely cover pan and return it to low heat to keep warm.
  7. Add penne to boiling water. As it cooks, scoop out 1/2 cup water and reserve. Cook pasta to taste, then drain well. Return pasta to pot, and add butter and 1/4 cup queso cotija or feta; mix gently until butter has melted. If needed, add a little reserved cooking water to loosen.
  8. To serve, lift pasta into each of six shallow bowls. Spoon beef ragù over top. Sprinkle each bowl with a pinch of cilantro, and a spoonful of cheese. Provecho!