Swiss cuisine is very rich and offers much more than chocolate, fondue and raclette. Granted, cheese almost dominates any dish, but there are many traditional recipes of those homely that we can find in any culinary culture, like these Ghackets und Hörnli. It’s about a pasta dish with cane sauce, cheese and applesauce that brings back very good memories.
The Swiss love pasta and they have a special variety that only exists there, the Hörnli, which would be something like “little horns”. It is a type of short, curved and hollow pasta that we can substitute for a similar equivalent, such as a small shark, although my father always laments that it is not the same. Be that as it may, this recipe is simple but you have to use good ingredients, pamper the meat sauce, use a good Swiss cheese and don’t forget the applesauce.
Cover the bottom of a saucepan or large pot with oil or melt a good tablespoon of butter. Add the minced meat and brown over medium heat for about three minutes, stirring and chopping with a spatula or ladle. Remove and reserve.
In the same saucepan add the onion, carrot and celery, season lightly and brown for a few minutes. Add the red wine and let the alcohol evaporate a little. Then reincorporate the meat, add the broth, tomato, paprika, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cook 10 minutes covered. Stir, uncover and cook 20 more minutes.
Meanwhile cook the pasta in plenty of salty water following the instructions on the package, leaving it al dente. Drain and bring to a source. We can also take advantage of it to cook a quick compote cooking 2 peeled and chopped apples with a little brown sugar, 1 cinnamon stick and 1/2 glass of water.
With what to accompany the ghackets und hörnli
We will bring to the table the pasta dish, the meat stew, the applesauce and cheese freshly grated, so that each diner can serve themselves to their liking. Ideally, lay out a bed of pasta and top it with a nice generous helping of meat sauce, a little applesauce on the side and cheese on top.
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