This creamy beef and cheese fettuccine is filled with thin sliced beef, peppers, cream, and BellaVitano cheese. What a full flavor packed weeknight meal.
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A great meal to have for any day of the week or even your most fancy meal for guests. Just delicious flavors combined to make this a comfort food.
Restaurant Style Meal
No canned soups or ready made packets of anything, and no coating the beef with any flour or cooking the beef for hours to make it tender. Just a beautiful, silky cream sauce with a hint of BellaVitano cheese gently simmering. Rivals any restaurant!
Beef for Recipe
Recently, I purchased a five pound package of thin sliced smoked beef from a smokehouse that we are lucky to live just twenty minutes away. I used a bit for another recipe pasta salad. it was so good! Two pounds were used in this recipe. I froze the rest for another day.
Smoking meat adds flavor and it keeps the meat nice and tender. Further, it aids in preserving meat for the long haul. This beef has a slightly smoky flavor, tastes a bit like bacon, but has that rich beef flavor. Additionally, the thin sliced beef is very tender.
The smoked beef that I am lucky to get is also sliced thin. which makes it perfect for pasta, sandwiches, salads, or just about anything we can think to add it.
Today, I used this smoked beef for this Creamy Beef Fettuccine meal.
Beef Options for this Recipe
If you are not able to get thin sliced smoked beef, here are a few beef options that would work perfectly in this recipe. They stay tender during the cooking process without drying out and causing overly chewy pieces of meat in your sauce.
- Eye fillet
- Flank steak
Generally, when preparing these cuts of meat for this recipe, I dice the meat into bite-sized pieces. Sear in a bit of olive oil until medium (pink in the middle). The meat will finish cooking in the sauce. You don’t want to overcook the meat as it will become tough and chewy.
Full Flavor Cheese
The cheese used in this recipe today is a Wisconsin award winning cheese from a local creamery. I chose this cheese because it adds just the right type of flavor. It tastes like a premium Parmesan cheese with hints of melted butter. My husband and I were dairy farmers until we sold our cows in 2010. Therefore, we love to support the dairy industry in Wisconsin. By using real dairy, we feel we are doing our part. This BellaVitano cheese is a gourmet cheese that is rich and creamy with a nutty, fruity flavor.
If you are not able to find this cheese locally, you can substitute Parmesan cheese.
If you are a lover of wine like I am, this meal is a wonderful one to enjoy a glass with. This cheese and smoky beef meal pairs well with the following wines. Pairs well with Chianti, light Italian reds, Port wine or India Pale Ale, Sweet Cider or Dark Malty Ale. A full flavor pasta dinner.
Beef Pasta Dinner
Make this meal in just 30 minutes. Wholesome and delicious. Pair this with homemade garlic toast and a side salad for a well-rounded meal experience.
Creamy Beef Fettuccine
- 16 Oz. Fettuccine Cooked – save the pasta water
- 2 Tbl. Olive Oil
- 1 Medium Red Onion Diced
- 2 Tbl. Garlic Minced
- 2 Medium Green Pepper Diced
- 1 Pint Heavy Cream
- 1 5.3 Oz. BellaVitano Cheese (a wedge of the cheese) Shredded
- 2 Lbs. Smoked Beef Diced into Bite-Sized Pieces
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 2-3 Ladles Pasta Water
- Boil the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to packet instructions until al dente.
- While the pasta water is coming to a boil and the pasta is cooking, prepare the creamy beef. Add the olive oil, onion, garlic,and green pepper to a large non-stick skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until the onions and peppers begin to become translucent; 2-3 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
- Dice the beef and add to the skillet. Continue cooking 1-2 minutes.
- Add the whipping cream. Continue cooking 1-2 minutes.
- Shred the wedge of cheese.
- Add the cheese to the skillet. Stir to incorporate.
- If the pasta is not quite ready yet, lower the heat.
- Once the pasta is done, I use a tongs to remove the pasta from the water and add to the skillet. This will reserve the pasta water for use in this recipe. Add 2-3 ladles of the pasta water to help make sure that there is enough sauce to cover the fettuccine.
- Toss the creamy beef mixture with the fettuccine and serve.
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