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Danube dinner reflects the Eastern European use of paprika. Nice alternative to everyday pasta.

Northamptonshire, England, UK

5 people made this

IngredientsServes: 2

  • oil as needed
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 250g lean beef mince
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1/2 sachet tomato cup-a-soup powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornflour
  • 240ml (1 cup) water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • squirt tomato puree
  • 1 pinch mixed herbs
  • 2 roasted peppers from a jar, chopped
  • 120g pasta, such as penne or macaroni

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:40min

  1. Heat a large fry pan with a little oil. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a further few minutes.
  2. Add the mince and stir well with a wooden spoon to break up the lumps. Cook until starting to brown. Add the carrot and cook gently for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the soup powder, cornflour, water, salt, pepper, paprika, tomato puree and herbs, mix well and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peppers and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the pasta until al dente.
  5. Plate up either with the meat mixture on top or mixed in. Serve with crusty bread.

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Made this as per the recipe and was not disappointed. The sweet roasted peppers gave this a great flavour. Only thing I did different was to keep a couple of portions of the mince in the freezer and boil up the pasta as required later.-24 Jun 2014

New Ciao Bella on Sullivan Street Dinner at Danube

I was walking down Sullivan below 3rd street this afternoon and noticed that one of the old comic book/baseball card stores had closed. I was a little sad at first (mostly for my 7 year old son, who loved the place), but then the guys who were unloading stuff told me it would soon be a Ciao Bella outpost. Hurray! This will be the perfect place for a quick dessert after downing some Jamaican patties across the street.

Also, I haven't noticed many comments on Danube. We ate there on Saturday night, so I thought I'd share my impressions. First, the room is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Easily the most beautiful restaurant I've seen in NYC. The service was excellent. We had a late reservation (post-theater) and got there a little early, but we had no wait at all, and the staff couldn't have been nicer throughout the meal.

The food was quite good overall, though a few dishes were sort of ho-hum. The ameuse geule was a thimble of extremely delicious squash soup with pumpkin seed oil, a little sashimi of mahi-mahi (not terribly Austrian, but delicious nonetheless) and a very strange potato chip skewered with a grilled sardine. As an appetizer, I ordered something called a "Grostl" (pronounced gristle - maybe a new name for the dish is in order??), which was a yummy combination of lobster and foie gras in a pea emulsion sauce. I could have sworn that the menu said it came with potatoes, but none were on the plate. Just as well. I tasted some of my friend's ravioli, which were very good but a little too reminiscent of $4 pierogi to warrant the hefty price tag.
I decided to be a little more traditional with the main course, so I ordered the Wienerschnitzel. I suppose I was expecting that it would be some miraculous reinvention of this old Austrian standby, but instead it was just your basic schnitzel, served with a very good german potato salad. As my friend commented, it looked like a big chicken nugget on a fancy plate. Oh well. I did taste some of the other dishes, including the venison (excellent) and sea bass (ditto).
My favorite course was dessert. I ordered the waltz of quark cheeses (or something like that), which I can only describe as a variation on the theme of cheesecake filling. If you like cheesecake, don't miss this dessert. It also came with a scrumptiously tangy frozen yogurt with some berry sauce mixed in.

A word on the wines. I'm into wine and know my way around most wine lists, but this one was pretty impenetrable. It's overwhelmingly devoted to Austrian whites, mostly Rieslings, and there's little to no guidance or explanation on the list itself. I took it as an opportunity to learn about Austrian wines (which I haven't tasted since having some pretty foul stuff at a bar outside Vienna many years ago), so I was happy to spend some time talking to the sommelier. We ended up taking his recommendation and ordering an Austrian Riesling for over $60, which is quite steep for a Riesling, but it was an excellent bottle of wine.

Don't ask about the cost. Our friends picked up the tab so I don't know and don't really want to know. I'm sure it was a small fortune.

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Serves: 8
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb lean top round steak, trimmed of visible fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 10 oz carrots (about 6 medium), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/2 lb white potatoes (about 6 medium), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1 10-oz bag frozen artichoke hearts (about 3 cups), thawed
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed


  1. Heat oil in a large, deep, straight-sided sauté pan on medium-high. Sprinkle steak with 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, then brown in pan for about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Add onion, carrots and garlic. Cook until beginning to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Add potatoes and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Mix flour into pan, reduce heat to medium and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly so mixture doesn’t burn. Add tomato, broth and 2 cups water, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Increase heat and bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Add bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Cover and cook for 45 minutes or until meat is tender.
  3. Add red wine, remaining 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper, and artichokes. Re-cover and simmer for 15 more minutes or until meat and vegetables are tender. Stir in peas, remove pan from heat and re-cover. Let stand for 5 minutes. Divide mixture among 8 large soup bowls.

Nutrients per 1 1/2-cup serving: Calories: 340, Total Fat: 6 g, Sat. Fat: 1.5 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 48 g, Fiber: 8 g, Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 20 g, Sodium: 247 mg, Cholesterol: 38 mg

Recipe Summary

  • 2 pounds boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
  • ⅓ cup pitted niçoise olives
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 3 flat-leaf parsley sprigs
  • 3 thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (1-inch) strip orange rind
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and marinate at room temperature 30 minutes, turning bag occasionally.

Combine 1/2 cup boiling water and mushrooms cover and let stand 30 minutes. Drain through a sieve over a bowl, reserving mushrooms and 1/4 cup soaking liquid. Chop mushrooms.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef mixture with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add half of beef mixture to pan sauté 5 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Place browned beef mixture in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Repeat procedure with cooking spray and remaining beef mixture. Add wine and broth to skillet bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Pour wine mixture into slow cooker. Add mushrooms, reserved 1/4 cup soaking liquid, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, olives, and next 5 ingredients (through tomatoes). Place peppercorns, parsley sprigs, thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and orange rind on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together secure with twine. Add cheesecloth bundle to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours or until beef and vegetables are tender. Discard the cheesecloth bundle.

Combine 1 tablespoon water and cornstarch in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to slow cooker cook 20 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and chopped thyme.

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Recipe Summary

  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 3 strips orange zest, (2 to 3 inches each), plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed with the flat side of a large knife
  • 1 celery stalk, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 medium carrots, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1 bottle (750 mL) rich red wine, such as Cotes de Provence, Cotes du Rhone, Syrah, or Shiraz
  • 4 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought beef or chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup nicoise olives, pitted and rinsed
  • Coarse salt

Make a bouquet garni: Put thyme, bay leaf, cloves, peppercorns, and zest on a piece of cheesecloth tie into a bundle. Combine onion, garlic, celery, carrots, bouquet garni, and wine in a large non-reactive bowl. Add beef, and toss to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator 12 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Remove beef from wine mixture pat dry with paper towels. Set aside. Transfer wine mixture to a heavy pot bring to a boil. Reduce heat simmer 5 minutes. Set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook half of the beef, turning, until deeply browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining oil and beef.

Stir tomato paste into stock add to the skillet, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Add to wine mixture. Stir in olives and beef. Season with salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.

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