Short Rib Ragu

RatingDifficultyIntermediate

This Short Rib Ragu is probably one of the best dishes I think I've ever made! My kids and girlfriend absolutely loved it and just couldn't get enough of it. Serve with French bread if you like.

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Short Rib Ragu
Yields6 Servings
Prep Time30 minsCook Time3 hrs 30 minsTotal Time4 hrs
 1 cup Diced Onion
 ½ cup Diced Carrot
 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
 28 oz Can Plum Tomatoes
 2 cups Chianti Wine(Doesn't have to be expensive!)
 1 Bunch Fresh Thyme
 4 lbs Short Ribs(Can substitute 2 lbs pound chuck roast or stew meat, but not as good)
 1 Small block Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
 1 Parmigiano Reggiano Rind
 1 tbsp Olive Oil
 1 Package Pappardelle Pasta
 3 oz Tomato Paste
 2 Bay Leaves
1

Heat large pot over med heat for about 5-7 minutes until it’s hot, then add 1 tbs olive oil.

2

While the pot is heating up, pat the meat dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper on all sides.

3

Add ribs to pot in batches and brown on all sides. Resist the urge to overcrowd them! When the meat is completely browned on all sides, remove from pan and turn the heat down to med low.

4

Add carrots and onions and cook until soft stirring occasionally. Add garlic and continue cooking for about another minute or so until the garlic is soft/browned.

5

Add 3 oz or about half of a 6oz can of the tomato paste (can use more or less or even all if you want). Cook for about 5 minutes.

6

Add 2 cups red wine and simmer for about a minute.

7

Add the can of tomatoes to a bowl and hand crush the tomatoes, then add to pot.

8

Add the whole Parmigiano Reggiano rind to pot

9

Add 2 bay leaves and the bunch of fresh thyme, stems and all. The thyme leaves will come off the stems as it cooks.

10

Add ribs back to the pot, bone side up.

11

Cover and cook in the oven at 300° for 1 hour.

12

After 1 hour, turn the ribs over and cook for another hour.

13

After 2 hours, open the lid on the pot about 1/2" so it’s mostly but not completely covered.

14

After 3 hours, remove from oven. Remove meat from pot to a cutting board. The ribs are very tender, so remove any bones that may have come out from the pot. Remove the part of the meat that was surrounding the bone and remove the tissue connecting the meat to the bone as it's inedible.

15

Remove the thyme stems and bay leaves. Shred the meat, add back to the pot and mix together. Taste the Ragu to see if it needs more salt.

16

Bring water to a boil water in large pot with about 2tbs salt. Add pappardelle to the water and stir it for about a minute so it doesn’t stick. Cook for about 15 minutes or until al dente.

17

Heat a large pan on medium low, add sauce a bit at a time (a few very large scoops!). You will have some left over rago to use for another meal. Add some of the pasta water so it doesn’t come out too thick. Use your own judgement for what kind of constancy you like. Remember, you can always add more water but you can't remove it.

18

Add the pasta to the pan when it’s al dente and gently fold it in so it absorbs the sauce. Add more of the ragu to the pan if needed, but it shouldn’t be too saucy.

19

Remove the mixture to a serving platter and top with some grated parmigiano reggiano cheese.
Serve and enjoy!

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Ingredients

 1 cup Diced Onion
 ½ cup Diced Carrot
 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
 28 oz Can Plum Tomatoes
 2 cups Chianti Wine(Doesn't have to be expensive!)
 1 Bunch Fresh Thyme
 4 lbs Short Ribs(Can substitute 2 lbs pound chuck roast or stew meat, but not as good)
 1 Small block Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
 1 Parmigiano Reggiano Rind
 1 tbsp Olive Oil
 1 Package Pappardelle Pasta
 3 oz Tomato Paste
 2 Bay Leaves

Directions

1

Heat large pot over med heat for about 5-7 minutes until it’s hot, then add 1 tbs olive oil.

2

While the pot is heating up, pat the meat dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper on all sides.

3

Add ribs to pot in batches and brown on all sides. Resist the urge to overcrowd them! When the meat is completely browned on all sides, remove from pan and turn the heat down to med low.

4

Add carrots and onions and cook until soft stirring occasionally. Add garlic and continue cooking for about another minute or so until the garlic is soft/browned.

5

Add 3 oz or about half of a 6oz can of the tomato paste (can use more or less or even all if you want). Cook for about 5 minutes.

6

Add 2 cups red wine and simmer for about a minute.

7

Add the can of tomatoes to a bowl and hand crush the tomatoes, then add to pot.

8

Add the whole Parmigiano Reggiano rind to pot

9

Add 2 bay leaves and the bunch of fresh thyme, stems and all. The thyme leaves will come off the stems as it cooks.

10

Add ribs back to the pot, bone side up.

11

Cover and cook in the oven at 300° for 1 hour.

12

After 1 hour, turn the ribs over and cook for another hour.

13

After 2 hours, open the lid on the pot about 1/2" so it’s mostly but not completely covered.

14

After 3 hours, remove from oven. Remove meat from pot to a cutting board. The ribs are very tender, so remove any bones that may have come out from the pot. Remove the part of the meat that was surrounding the bone and remove the tissue connecting the meat to the bone as it's inedible.

15

Remove the thyme stems and bay leaves. Shred the meat, add back to the pot and mix together. Taste the Ragu to see if it needs more salt.

16

Bring water to a boil water in large pot with about 2tbs salt. Add pappardelle to the water and stir it for about a minute so it doesn’t stick. Cook for about 15 minutes or until al dente.

17

Heat a large pan on medium low, add sauce a bit at a time (a few very large scoops!). You will have some left over rago to use for another meal. Add some of the pasta water so it doesn’t come out too thick. Use your own judgement for what kind of constancy you like. Remember, you can always add more water but you can't remove it.

18

Add the pasta to the pan when it’s al dente and gently fold it in so it absorbs the sauce. Add more of the ragu to the pan if needed, but it shouldn’t be too saucy.

19

Remove the mixture to a serving platter and top with some grated parmigiano reggiano cheese.
Serve and enjoy!

Short Rib Ragu

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