Ground beef is sauteed with carrots, onion and ham in butter, then simmered with beef broth, tomato paste, lemon zest and herbs.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 7 carrots, coarsely chopped
- 1 small white onion, chopped
- 4 slices ham
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 1 lemon, zested
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 pinch dried basil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble very finely and set aside.
In a food processor, chop the carrots, onion and ham.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in carrot mixture and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in cooked beef, beef broth, tomato paste, lemon zest, bay leaves, basil and nutmeg. Simmer over lowest heat, partially covered, for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Immediately before serving, stir in cream and mix well.