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Short Rib Ragu

This delicious short rib ragu uses short ribs, carrots, onions, tomatoes, beef broth and red wine to make the most delicious sauce. Slowly stewed for 3 hours, it's bound to be a hit at Sunday dinner!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 986 kcal


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped pancetta or bacon
  • 1 kg beef short ribs
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ½ cup chopped white onion
  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 cans (796mL per can) peeled plum tomatoes, crushed with an immersion blender
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • ½ tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 700 g pappardelle
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to garnish


  1. In a large pot on medium heat, heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil. Add pancetta and fry until pancetta is cooked and slightly crisp. Remove from the pot and drain on a paper towel.

  2. Season flour with salt and pepper, and dredge short ribs in flour. Add short ribs to the same pot that the pancetta was cooking in. Cook the short ribs on each side until browned, about 7 minutes total. Remove from the pot.

  3. At this point, deglaze the pot with 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of the red wine. Scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to loosen up any bits that have stuck to the bottom. Add the remaining olive oil to the pot.
  4. Add the onion and carrot to the pot, let them cook down. When they are halfway cooked, add the garlic in. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Once onion, carrot and garlic are cooked, add the crushed tomatoes to the pot. Add the ribs and pancetta back in, as well as the beef stock, remaining red wine, rosemary, bay leaf and oregano. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer with the lid on for 1 hour 15 minutes. Then take the lid off and continue cooking the sauce for another 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. When the sauce is almost done, bring a large pot of water to boil. Throw in the pappardelle when the water is boiling, and add salt to the pasta water.

  8. Once pappardelle are cooked to al dente, drain, and add the sauce to the pappardelle. Leave the short ribs aside to use as a main dish. Alternatively, you can shred the short ribs up and mix them in with the pappardelle.

  9. Top with parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Use english-style short ribs, as opposed to flanken ribs. They are cut thicker and more suitable for the longer cook time that this ragu requires.
  • This recipe calls for red wine, and any type of full-bodied red wine will work. I used a Negroamaro from Puglia.
  • Pappardelle is recommended to use in this pasta dish, but tagliatelle or fettuccine would work very well too.  However, if you want to use what you have on hand, even a short cut of pasta like rigatoni works too!
  • There are a few options on serving this pasta:
    • Shred the short ribs once the sauce is done, and top the pasta with the shredded short ribs
    • Remove the short ribs from the sauce once it's done cooking. Eat the pasta with the sauce first, then eat the short ribs separately as a main course. 
Nutrition Facts
Short Rib Ragu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 986 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 203mg68%
Sodium 839mg36%
Potassium 1196mg34%
Carbohydrates 98g33%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 55g110%
Vitamin A 2755IU55%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 7.7mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.