Monday, 7 January 2013

Creamy Beef and Mustard Pasta

Today was my first day back to work after a really amazing Christmas and eventful last few days. When it came to it, I was actually so excited to see my work colleagues and divulge all the details of my time off and hear their news. I was greeted to an array of banners and balloons which made the day even more special. Coffee time featured an incredible Avoca Baked Raspberry Cheesecake which went against the grain of my new years resolutions but was absolutely incredible! This evening when I got home the lovely Molly was reading and 'prepping' for something or other so I made my way into the kitchen and started thinking about dinner. This is what I came up with, a creamy (not actually cream but crème fraiche) beef and mustard pasta. This dish is a first for me and is literally something I thought up out of no where based on the contents of my fridge, and low and worked! Really really well in fact. Thrilled with the win!

Creamy Beef and Mustard Pasta

Serves 2 (with a portion left over for lunch!)

1 Onion
6 Mushrooms
4 cloves of garlic
300g beef strips
100g crème fraiche
2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil
Pasta shapes of your choice
Parsely or Chives (to garnish)

1. Place the beef in a dish and add balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and season well with salt and 
    pepper, then set aside.
2. Next, place the desired amount of pasta into a pot of boiling water lightly seasoned with salt 
    and cook until 'al dente' (roughly 3/4 of a cereal bowl when dried is the right amount!).
3. Meanwhile, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a wok or large pan. Add the finely chopped onions, 
    chopped garlic and diced mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened.
3. Add the beef strips in vinegar and toss in the pan cooking for another 2 minutes.
4. Finally add the mustard, crème fraiche and mix well with other ingredients and gently heat.
5. Serve dish on a bed of pasta and garnish with parsley or chives

E-D's Notes
Unfortunately tonight I did not have any nice greenery to garnish this delicious dish, and although it may not be very colourful or exciting looking, I assure you the flavours make up for it!


  1. I'm sure this would be very tasty served with rice or mashed potato!

  2. I can safely say this is delicious. Made it last night with wholemeal (for extra brownie points) fusilli. Tom is a fan and Dave made inappropriate noises. I doubled up on creme fraiche too which was bold. Thanks for the idea :)


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