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Gluten Free Penne alla Napoletana Recipe


  • 2 1/2 pounds Yellow Onions
  • 2 Celery Stalk
  • 1 Carrot
  • 4 ounces Pancetta, small dice
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Chuck Beef, large cubed
  • 1 cup White Wine
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces Gluten Free Pasta


  • Roughly chop onions, carrot & celery and place them in batches in a food processor
  • Pulse several times until the vegetables are equally finely chopped, then set aside
  • Generously season beef cubes with salt and pepper
  • Warm a medium crock pot over medium heat
  • Add pancetta to the pot and sauté until crispy, around 8 minutes
  • Transfer pancetta to a separate dish and set aside
  • Add olive oil to the crock pot and increase heat to medium-high
  • Working in batches if necessary, brown beef cubes on all sides in the oil and pancetta fat
  • Remove beef from crock pot snd set aside
  • Add minced onions, carrot and celery to the crock pot, stirring frequently for 7 minutes to help deglaze the pan and soften the vegetables while preventing them from burning
  • Return pancetta and beef to the pot, nestling the beef cubes into the mirepoix
  • Add wine to the pot and add water if necessary to just cover the beef
  • Bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to low, cover well and simmer for 4 hours
  • Remove beef from the pot and set aside for use in a different recipe
  • Increase heat to medium and reduce the liquid, stirring occasionally for around 40 minutes until the sauce begins to thicken, using a mesh splatter shield to avoid a mess in between stirring
  • Reduce heat to medium-low add salt & pepper, then cover and let the sauce simmer for at least an hour, two if possible, until the onions are fully caramelized
  • If time permits, you can set the heat to low and let simmer, covered for an additional 2 to 4 hours in order to completely caramelize the onions and develop an incredibly dark and rich texture to create an unforgettable version of this sauce
  • Reduce heat to low and cover until ready to serve
  • Cook gluten free pasta al dente according to instructions
  • Drain but do not rinse the pasta, then fold penne into the sauce, tossing to gently coat all the noodles, serve immediately, because you’ve waited long enough haven’t you!

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