I made a half recipe but kept the full amount of carrots. My husband likes a good balance of vegetables to meat. I also did not have bacon on hand so that ingredient was left out. The beef daube is braised in the oven for 2 hours which always makes meat very tender. Then the chocolate is added after the braise and then the cooked pasta. This was a different beef dish for us but very good.
Beef Cheek Daube with Carrots and Elbow Macaroni page 246 from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.