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Beef Roast with Spicy Parsley Tomato Sauce on www.tasteandtellblog.com

Some people collect stamps, and some collect dolls. I collect recipes. Seriously. I would have plenty of appetizer, dinner, and dessert recipes to last me the rest of my life, but that doesn’t stop me from collecting anymore. I see something good, and I bookmark it or I print it off. I used to just print recipes, but now I have binders full of recipes that sometimes get neglected. These days, I bookmark them instead of printing everything off (until I actually make something – then it gets printed and put in a special “tried and true” binder if it’s a good recipe). But sometimes I get so overwhelmed at the choices, and sometimes I want to make sure a recipe doesn’t get bookmarked and then forgotten about.

Since I am home so much more now, I usually have the tv on in the background while I organize or do housework. The tv is usually tuned to either TLC, HGTV, or the Food Network. On one particular day, I happen to walk into the living room when an episode of Everyday Italian was just getting over, and Giada had prepared this roast beef dish that looked delicious. I went to my computer and pulled up the recipe on the Food Network website, and instead of bookmarking the recipe, I decided to keep it up until I actually made the recipe. A couple of weeks later, it went on the menu.

I went out to do my grocery shopping, and on the list was a stop at Costco. I’ve said before how Costco always gets me with their discounted prices on cookbooks, but I’ve been pretty good lately. But this particular day, my will power ran short and I walked out with Giada’s newest cookbook – Giada’s Kitchen. And to my surprise and delight, when I was looking through the book, I found this same recipe for the roast beef that I had brought up on my computer!

This recipe is really quite easy and doesn’t take a whole lot of hands on time. But I will warn you – the type of meat you buy will probably determine how much you like this dish. I had a very cheap cut of roast (it was the only one I could find that wasn’t 5 or 6 pounds!) so the meat was a bit tough. But with a good cut of meat, this is a great recipe. And a meat thermometer is probably necessary for this – the recipe says to cook for 30 to 40 minutes to reach 130F for medium rare, but I had to cook mine for over an hour.

Also included below is the recipe for the Garlic Creamed Spinach I served alongside the beef. It’s one of those recipes I have printed out from who knows when – and unfortunately, I don’t know where it came from either. I guess that’s one of the problems with just printing out recipes! But it was delicious, easy, and definitley going in the “tried and true” binder now!

Beef Roast with Spicy Parsley Tomato Sauce
from Giada’s Kitchen

4 to 6 servings

1 (2 to 2 1/2 pound) sirloin tip or chuck beef roast
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 Roma tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
2 teaspoons herbs de Provence
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

To make the beef roast, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Season the beef with salt and pepper. Season the tomatoes with salt, pepper, and herbs de Provence.

Place a medium, heavy roasting pan or Dutch oven over high heat. Heat the olive oil. Sear the beef over high heat on all sides. Turn off heat. Place the seasoned tomatoes around the seared beef and place the pan in the oven. Roast until a meat thermometer reads 130 degrees F. for medium rare, 135 for medium, about 30 to 40 minutes*. Take the roast out of the oven, tent loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. The internal temperature of the meat should rise 5 degrees F more and the juices will redistribute into the roast.

To make the sauce, place the parsley and garlic in a food processor and pulse until the parsley is finely chopped. Add the red pepper flakes, salt, red wine vinegar and the roasted tomatoes from the beef pan and process until pureed. Add the olive oil in a steady stream with the machine running.

To serve, slice the roast and place on a serving platter. Drizzle a little sauce over the meat. Serve the remaining sauce in a small bowl alongside.

*I cooked mine for over an hour to reach an internal temperature of 130F.

Garlic Creamed Spinach

Serves 4

3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup half-and-half
2 10-ounce boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 30 seconds. Whisk in the half-and-half.

Squeeze any excess water from the spinach and add the spinach to the saucepan. Add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Simmer until warmed through. If it is too thick, add more half-and-half until the desired consistency is reached.

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26 Responses to Beef Roast with Spicy Parsley Tomato Sauce and Creamed Spinach {Cookbook of the Month Recipe}

  1. Mary says:

    What a wonderful meal! That sauce is out of this world.

  2. AnticiPlate says:

    Delicious! Giada makes mean sauces! I love how she uses just a few simple ingredients and something absolutely delicious turns out!

  3. Happy cook says:

    My hubby and daughter would love to have this as both of them love beef roast. Which i have never made, they have them when we go for dinner with my inlaws.

  4. Erin says:

    This looks like such a great dinner. That sauce looks delicious!

  5. Ingrid says:

    The spicy parsley tomato sauce and creamed spinach look delicious! I’m not keen on beef but I’m certain the sauce makes it tasty. I’m going to print (ha-ha)these out to try!

    Thanks for sharing!

    My name is Ingrid and I’m cookbook junkie, oops, addict! LOL!

  6. The Mediocre Cook says:

    My wife gets a little annoyed with me because I am always looking at cook books to buy even though I rarely if ever cook from them. Your picture looks truly amazing and really makes the dish look delicious. Definitely a must try for me.

  7. Rosie says:

    Delicious – what a great meal! My family would love this as roast beef is their favourite choice of meat!

    Rosie x

  8. How To Eat A Cupcake says:

    I SO love creamed spinach… Ohhh it’s dinner time and you’ve made me so hungry!

  9. rookie cookie says:

    Mouthwatering. It’s now on The List. You know the one. The list people like you and I keep. Recipes, meals and ideas. The list grows and grows!

  10. giz says:

    You’re hysterical – I had that same Giada cookbook in my hands the last time I was in Costco and said … no…I don’t need another cookbook. I just don’t get how I got home with 2 other cookbooks – I just don’t get it. Now that I’ve seen this dish – G-d help me – I have to go to Costco tomorrow. You and I can NEVER go shopping together.

  11. Andrea says:

    Looks wonderful! I’m lucky that there’s no costco anywhere near where I live, because when I used to have easy access I couldn’t stay away from the books. The sauce is so colorful! A dish fit for company.

  12. Gigi says:

    That sauce looks delicious! I would love to dip a piece of bread in that sauce!

  13. noble pig says:

    It’s similar to chimichurri, I love it!

  14. Mary says:

    I’m not usually one for sauces, but that whole meal looks fabulous!

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  16. Aimée says:

    Ohhh, I’d love to peek into your tried and true binder. You must have some gems in there.
    This looks amazing, BTW!

  17. Sophie says:

    A good roast is always welcome on my plate :). That tomato sauce sounds so neat!

    The great thing about collecting recipes is that they don’t take up too much room and the cookbooks don’t just look pretty, they’re useful :).

    Lol I had to laugh about the TLC, Food Network, HGTV comment, those are my 3 channels of choice, too :).

  18. Grace says:

    i’m loving the look of that sauce. beef roast is so-so for me (i like arby’s version, if that tells you anything…), but yours looks phenomenal.

  19. kat says:

    That spinach sidedish is just perfect to go with beef

  20. bunnygirl79 says:

    You have wonderful blog!

    I have seen few Giada’s cooking shows, she puts a lot of passion into her cooking, and I have wondered how her meals would turn out in real life, looking your pictures, I’d say very well :).

  21. Sara says:

    those both sound great! your pictures make me wish i could reach in and sneak a bite.

  22. Maria says:

    I have the exact same recipe problem! Glad you bought giada’s new book I am liking it!

  23. Peabody says:

    I have been having such a beef craving as of late. This looks super delish.

  24. Emiline says:

    Mmm, that sounds really good! I should pick up a Giada cookbook.

  25. Aggie says:

    This sounds fantastic!

  26. Kevin says:

    I like the sound of that sauce on roast beef.

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