This dish -- strips of filet mignon browned in butter and served with shallots and mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce -- makes a perfect cold-weather meal.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large saute pan over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add shallots, and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, and cook until liquid is released yet mushrooms are still firm, about 5 minutes. Transfer shallots and mushrooms to a medium bowl; set aside. Remove pan from heat. Add 1/4 cup cognac to deglaze, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from bottom of pan. Add cream, and return to heat. Cook until reduced slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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  • Heat 4 tablespoons butter in the same pan over high heat. Working in batches, sear the meat for 1 minute, and add to mushrooms. Once all the meat is seared, deglaze saute pan with remaining 1/4 cup cognac, and return meat, mushrooms, and reduced-cream mixture to saute pan. Cook until just heated through, about 5 minutes. Add creme fraiche.

  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, and saute until heated through, about 2 minutes.

  • Toss pasta with olive oil, saffron, tarragon, and parsley. Transfer to a large platter. Spoon beef Stroganoff over pasta. Garnish with tomatoes and tarragon sprigs.

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