Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Creamy Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowl - Pressure Cooker

As I mentioned, Georgia was recently hit with a winter storm.  Street are filled with snow that have turned into ice and extreme cold temperatures.  Icy conditions have made traveling on the roads treacherous.  We are now forced into having a snow day or three.  The snowy weather is a foreign concept for this girl.  I grew up in the Middle East and then moved to sunny and humid Florida.  On Sunday (the morning before the snow storm) I was scheduled to cook for a client.  The grocery store was decidedly empty of all major first thought was come's not that serious!!  Well, day 3 of being stuck inside, I wish I would have stocked up on a couple of staples.  No matter, I'm a personal chef, I will cook up what I have on hand. 

In the fridge, I had a half packet of beef stew and small head of broccoli.  The pantry is full of pasta, rice, dried beans, tomato sauces, spices, so I'm in pretty good shape.  I decided to make a beef and broccoli noodle bowl.  Warm, comforting and super quick since I will be using my pressure cooker.

Creamy Beef and Broccoli Noodle Bowl


1/2 lb beef stew
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons Hungarian Paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup Sherry or apple juice
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1/2 lb. angel hair pasta
2 cups water or beef broth
1 small head broccoli, cut into florets


In a large pot, boil the water for pasta, salt it, and cook spaghetti according to package directions to al dente.  3 minutes before the pasta is done, toss in the broccoli and cook for a few minutes till pasta is done.

In a small bowl, mix flour and spices (garlic, salt, pepper, paprika).  Toss beef into the flour mixture.  Set aside for 3 minutes and then toss the beef into the flour mixture once more. 

Heat pressure cooker, then add oil and heat until it glistens.  Add the coated beef and brown on both sides.  Then add sherry, broth or water, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Close cover and bring to high pressure, then pressure cook for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, reduce pressure, and remove cover.   You will notice that the broth has turned into a light sauce.

Drain pasta and broccoli then add into the beef and sauce.  Serve in bowl and top with Parmesan cheese or roasted almonds.

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