Homemade beef broth with whole-wheat grattoni pasta.

5 from 3 votes
Homemade beef broth with whole-wheat grattoni pasta.
Homemade beef broth with whole-wheat grattoni pasta
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 40 mins

This tasting and warming beef broth with whole-wheat pasta is so perfect when the weather is terrible and you just can't get warm!

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: jacqueline DeBono
  • 500 g beef shoulder
  • 400 g stewing beef
  • 400 g beef bones
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 150 g fresh tomatoes
  • salt for pasta and to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper corns
  • 300 g soup pasta I used whole-wheat grattoni
  1. To prepare the meat broth, start by preparing the vegetables. Wash the carrots and celery. Then cut the carrots into chunks and the celery into large pieces as well.

  2. Cut the tomatoes in half and peel the onion and cut it in half too. Put all the vegetables into a large pan with some peppercorns.

  3. Cut the meat into large pieces and add it and bones to the pan.

  4. Cover the meat with 3 liters of water and cook it over a medium-high heat for about 2 hours, until the broth is reduced by about half. Then add the remaining liter of water and cook for another hour over a low heat. 

  5. During this time it will probably be necessary to skim off any fat that comes to the surface. When it is ready the broth will be thicker and quite reduced.

  6. Now you need to filter the broth to separate the liquid from the meat and vegetables: pour the liquid back into the pan and add salt to taste. 

  7. Add the pasta to the broth and cook according to the instructions on the packet. 

  8. Cut the cooked carrots and celery into small pieces and shred the meat and return to the broth. Serve once the pasta is ready with a dash of olive oil and a sprinkling of Parmesan if required.

Recipe Notes

I used grattoni pasta in this recipe but there are nearly 30 other types of soup pasta available. If you can't find grattoni, you can use orzo, farfaline, anellini, acini, filini or stelle to name just a few of the many. Alternatively you can also break spaghetti into small pieces.

Homemade beef broth with grattoni pasta

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    March 23, 2018 1:40 pm

    This broth sounds delicious Jacqui- my type of soup any day – I love, love, love pasta in soups – and with beef….. to die for – beef soups are the best as far as my liking goes. Absolutely a winner – Thank you for sharing

    • admin
      March 25, 2018 6:47 pm

      Grazie di cuore Ramona! I too love pasta in soups and it just goes so well with a tasty homemade beef broth like this one. Perfect for cold days! Un abbraccio Jacqui

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    Brian Jones
    March 23, 2018 6:50 am

    Any country with such a profusion of soup pasta is alright by me, Hungary has a similar approach and I love pasta in soups!

    • admin
      March 25, 2018 6:50 pm

      Oh me too Brian! Having so many soup pastas to choose from makes it interesting too! I’m looking forward to trying out some others with different kinds of soup! All the best Jacqui

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    March 22, 2018 5:23 pm

    Homemade is always the best and this beef broth with whole-wheat grattoni pasta looks delicious and it’s perfect to warm up. Thanks for sharing.

    • admin
      March 25, 2018 6:53 pm

      Thanks so much Melve. I agree homemade soups (and pasta when possible) taste so much better than store bought and are better for you too! Warming and healthy! Greetings from Verona. Jacqui

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