When it comes to comfort food, nothing tops tender Braised Short Ribs Ragu served in a big bowl with pasta or polenta- don’t you agree? This ragu is richly flavored from slow-cooked short ribs, finely diced vegetables, herbs, garlic, shallots, and red wine. Let is simmer on the stove while you relax and wait for the most amazing dinner.

Short rib Ragu is the perfect meal to impress your guest and mimic a high end Italian restaurant. This is a great winter weekend recipe. Let the savory and rich sauce stew on the stove while you read a book by the fire. You will love this classic Italian short rib ragu recipe!

beef short rib sauce with pappardelle pasta in a bowl

What pasta to serve with short rib ragu?

I love a thick and glorious egg pasta such as pappardelle to go with this rich ragu sauce. You can make the pasta from scratch if you like, or purchase fresh pappardelle or another wide pasta to make this meal extra special.

Here is my complete guide to making your own pappardelle pasta.

If you don’t want pasta try serving it over Easy Polenta Recipe Authentic Italian Style!

This is a hearty ragu that is just as satisfying over pasta as it is over polenta.

beef short rib sauce with pappardelle pasta in a bowl

Delicious meal for the family, for entertaining, and the holidays!

This is hearty comfort meal feeds a crowd! Make it for Sunday dinner for friends and family, a special dinner party, or a fancy meal for the holidays. It is a show stopper every time.

You will love it as much as we do! Add a salad and you’ve got yourself a beautiful entertaining menu! Goat Cheese Salad Lemon Olive Oil Dressing. Enjoy with friends and family.

What are short ribs?

Beef ribs that are cut into 3 to 4 inch sections, consisting of meat, fat and bone. Short ribs are cut from the chuck and plate primal sections. They have a lot of flavor, but are fatty and fairly tough. For best results, short ribs should be cooked slowly with moist heat. This is the perfect recipe for beef short ribs! When cooked slowly in the braising liquid and tomato sauce, they become ‘fall off the bone tender’. So delicious!

beef short rib sauce with pappardelle pasta in a bowl

Why braise meat?

Braising is simply a cooking method that involves browning meat or vegetables in oil, then cooking it in a small amount of liquid in a covered pan, either on the stovetop or in the oven. The long, slow cook time helps develop flavor and turn even the toughest of meat cuts fork-tender.

Can you freeze short rib ragu?

Yes! You can freeze this short bib ragu! I doubt there will be any leftovers, but just in case you want to save the leftovers ragu here is what you need to do- allow the sauce to cool to room temperature before transferring to an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag. Ragu will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

beef short rib sauce with pappardelle pasta in a bowl

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From my Cucina to your Table, Mangia! Mangia! (Eat!) 

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beef short rib sauce with pappardelle pasta in a bowl

Short Rib Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta

  • Author: Elena Davis
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 3 1/2- 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Savory
  • Method: Italian
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This ragu is richly flavored from slow-cooked short ribs, finely diced vegetables, herbs, garlic, shallots, and red wine. It is the perfect meal to impress your guest and mimic a high end Italian restaurant. This is a great winter weekend recipe. Let the savory and rich sauce stew on the stove while you read a book by the fire. You will love this classic Italian short rib ragu recipe! 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 lb bone-in beef short rib, cut into 2-inch (5-cm) pieces
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • 3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrot, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups port or red wine
  • 28 oz crushed tomato, 1 can
  • 3 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 lb pappardelle pasta (or 1 batch homemade pappardelle pasta recipe)
  • fresh parsley, finely chopped, for garnish
  • freshly grated parmigiano cheese, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pat the short ribs with paper towels to remove any excess moisture, then season generously with 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
  2. Add the olive oil to a Dutch oven or large, heavy-bottomed pot and heat over high heat until shimmering. Add half the short ribs and sear on each side until deep brown, about 7 minutes total. Remove from the pan and set aside. Repeat with the remaining short ribs.
  3. Add the onion, shallot, carrot, garlic, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Sauté over medium heat until the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and sauté for a few more minutes, until darkened and thickened.
  4. Pour in the wine (the alcohol will burn off at this point). Use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom and sides of the pan. Reduce the liquid by half, about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes, beef stock, bay leaves, rosemary, and thyme to the pot. Stir to combine.
  6. Add the short ribs, making sure the meat is submerged. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Simmer for about 31/2- 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Skim excess fat off the top as needed. The short ribs are done when the meat pulls apart easily.
  7. Discard any bones that the meat has fallen off of, as well as all the herb stems. Pull out any remaining bones and discard. Using two forks, shred the meat in the pot (you can also take the meat out onto a cutting board to shred and add it back into the pot. 
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 15 minutes over low heat.
  9. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. If making homemade pappardelle cook about 5 minutes until al dente. Strain pasta and add to the pot of ragu sauce. Turn gently to incorporate all the pasta with the sauce. 
  10. Garnish with finely chopped parsley and freshly grated parmigiano cheese. Mangia! 

Keywords: beef, short ribs, main meal, braised meat, pappardelle pasta, short rib ragu, ragu sauce