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Slow Cooked Short Rib Ragu

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Beef short ribs are always quite inexpensive. They tend to be tough so they are ideal for slow cooking. Despite this short ribs are absolutely delicious. They are very flavorful. This recipe calls for oven braising and take some time to make. I promise you you will be very pleased with all those hours you invested in making this!
  Beef short ribs 2 Pound
  Bacon slices/Pancetta 6 , chopped
  Yellow onion 1 Medium, chopped
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), chopped
  Bell pepper 1 Small, chopped
  Chili pepper 1 , seeded and chopped
  Celery stalks 3 , chopped
  Carrot 1 Large, peeled and diced
  Canned sliced mushrooms 8 Ounce, drained
  Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
  Beer/Red wine or beef stock 12 Ounce
  Thyme sprigs 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (1 Handful)
  Tomato sauce 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Cooked pasta 16 Ounce (Of Choice)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Heat a Dutch oven or braising pot with some oil.
Season the ribs, generously, with salt and pepper. Place them in the pot and brown them evenly on both sides. Work in batches if necessary. Work on medium high heat. Set them aside.
Place the bacon in the pot and cook until crisped. Set it aside.
Keep the rendered fat in the pot and add the chopped onion. Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, making sure to scrape all the brown bits from the bottom. Add the garlic, bell pepper, celery, chili pepper, carrot and mushrooms. Mix well and allow cooking for about 5 minutes.
Add the tomato paste and mix until dissolved. Return the beef and bacon to the pot. Add the braising liquid of choice. Place the thyme in the middle. Bring pot to a boil and remove from heat.
Cover the meat directly with some parchment paper. Cover the pot. Place the pot in the oven and braise for 2 to 3 hours.
Remove the pot from the oven. Discard the thyme stems and remove the ribs from the pot. Cool them down and chop into small pieces.
While the meat is cooling, add the tomato sauce to the pot and mix well. Start simmering the sauce, uncovered. Add the chopped meat and cook for an extra 30 minutes or until sauce thickens.
Add the cooked pasta to the pot and toss to mix well. Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese.
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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Beef Rib, Meat
High Protein, Low Sugar
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
120 Minutes
Ready In: 
150 Minutes
Do enjoy slow cooked food? Slow cooked food has wonderful aroma which rises as the food gets cooked in the slow cooker. This video shows one of the most simple recipes of slow cooked short ribs ragu. Enjoy the ragu and the aroma too.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 578 Calories from Fat 382

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 42 g65.3%

Saturated Fat 18.2 g91.2%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 106 mg35.3%

Sodium 111.7 mg4.7%

Total Carbohydrates 24 g8%

Dietary Fiber 1.7 g6.9%

Sugars 3 g

Protein 21 g41.2%

Vitamin A 38.2% Vitamin C 31.8%

Calcium 4% Iron 13.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Slow Cooked Short Rib Ragu Recipe Video