Saturday, January 16, 2021

Ragu from Leftover Pot Roast #Recipe @PegCochran


I love repurposing leftovers! This was a great way to use up the remains of a pot roast, which can get dry or tough when reheated. The sauce had a lot of flavor and was quick and easy to make.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 cups finely chopped leftover pot roast and vegetables
1/2 cup leftover gravy or homemade or low-sodium canned beef stock
1 twenty-eight-ounce can whole plum tomatoes, roughly chopped, with juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Chop pot roast.

Heat olive oil and sauté onion and garlic--about 3 minutes.

Add wine and deglaze pan. Boil wine until nearly evaporated.


Add tomatoes, pot roast, beef stock, thyme and salt and pepper to taste.


Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 30 minutes.

Serve over pasta of your choice. Top with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.


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The plot thickens for American gothic writer Penelope Parish when a murder near her quaint British bookshop reveals a novel's worth of killer characters.

Penelope Parish has hit a streak of bad luck, including a severe case of writer's block that is threatening her sophomore book. Hoping a writer in residence position at The Open Book bookstore in Upper Chumley-on-Stoke, England, will shake the cobwebs loose, Pen, as she's affectionately known, packs her typewriter and heads across the pond.

Unfortunately, life in Chumley is far from quiet and when the chairwoman of the local Worthington Fest is found dead, fingers are pointed at Charlotte Davenport, an American romance novelist and the future Duchess of Worthington. Charlotte turns to the one person who might be her ally for help: fellow American Pen. Teaming up with bookstore owner Mabel Morris and her new friend Figgy, Pen sets out to learn the truth and find the tricks that will help her finish her novel.


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  1. Sounds tasty.
    Why does it need to simmer 30 minutes?

    1. To blend the flavors. I'm sure you could simmer it for less if you were in a hurry.

  2. By strange coincidence, I have leftover pot roast and now a great idea of what to do with it. Thanks, Peg!

  3. I love repurposing leftovers! My recipe on Wednesday is also a repurpose, but it's much simpler than yours. I'll need to try this next time I have leftover pot roast.