Short Rib Ragu

Short Rib Ragu

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Short Rib Ragu

Photo by Behind the Plates
  • Serves
Author Notes

There’s something about short ribs that just encompasses the true meaning of comfort food. This easy crockpot Short Rib Ragu is no exception.

I’ve cooked short ribs quite a few different ways. Yet, the short ribs always make the dish into a stick to your ribs, hearty dinner. It could be the way that the meat becomes melt in your mouth tender when slow cooked. Maybe it’s that the beef provides another dimension of flavor in any sauce you cook it in. Another reason might be that it tends to be best served over scrumptious starchy sides like polenta, potatoes and pasta. But whatever the reason may be I have found that short ribs are quickly becoming my crowd pleaser weekend meal for all occasions.

This recipe is as easy as they come. Yet, the layers of slow cooked ingredients come together as an overture of savory flavors. You can serve this at your next dinner party with confidence that your dinner guests will be impressed! All the while you’ll know it took you just a few short minutes of prep and a few hours of patient waiting. —Behind the Plates


  • 2 pounds

    boneless beef shortribs

  • 1/2 cup

    chopped carrots

  • 1 piece

    whole onion, diced

  • 8 ounces

    sliced mushrooms

  • 12 ounces

    tomato paste (2 cans)

  • 28 ounces

    peeled tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup

    red wine

  • 3 pieces

    garlic cloves

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon

    Italian Seasoning

  • 2 pieces

    Bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon

    crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon


  • 1/2 teaspoon


  • 1 pound

    pappardelle pasta (optional)

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium/high and add the tbsp of olive oil. Slice the short ribs into chunks (about 2 inches long). Brown for 3 minutes on each side. Add to the crockpot.
  2. Then add the peeled tomatoes, squeezing each by hand (or a potato masher) before placing in the pot.
  3. Finally add all other ingredients except for the pasta to the crockpot.
  4. Turn on low and cook for 8 hours (it should work on high for 4 as well).
  5. If you choose to serve with pasta, 20 minutes before serving, bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook 8 minutes or until al dente.
  6. Scoop the ragu over the pasta and serve.

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