Tender slow-cooked short ribs in a tomato red wine marinara sauce served over buttery gnocchi makes for a hearty delicious ragu. Melt in your mouth short ribs packed with bold flavors.
Short ribs can be a bit intimidating to cook but don’t worry this recipe makes for perfectly cooked melt in your mouth short ribs. BUY QUALITY SHORT RIBS! We can’t stress this enough. Short ribs are not cheap, they are quite an expensive cut of meat so be sure to carefully chose good quality ones. Buy boneless, to ensure your not paying for the extra weight of the bone and go for ones that have little marbling and less fat. We like the thick short ribs with just enough marbling for a bit of natural fat and flavor. This limits the amount of fat that is going to melt in your sauce, it can leave a layer of fat floating at the top which you do not want and I find the bone-in short ribs leave you with very little meat for your sauce.
Short ribs taste best when they are stewed and slow cooked for hours. The moisture from the braising liquid helps soften the connective tissues of the short ribs. The cooking starts with searing your short ribs on high heat which creates that crispy browned exterior crust and then submerging the short ribs into your cooking liquid for at least 3 hours.
How can you tell the short ribs are done? Insert your fork into the short rib and twist, the meat short break a part right away and shred easily. Don’t force it, if the short ribs are tough and don’t shred at all, continue to cook them for an additional half hour to an hour.
I find the sauce and the short ribs taste even better the next day when the flavour have really blended together and the meat becomes extremely tender.
Tender melt-in-your-mouth beef is so comforting, perfect for those cold winter days. The ragu is rich in flavor, a perfect dish to serve over the holidays. The ragu can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for up to a week and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Served this on any kind of pasta even over potatoes and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner everyone will love.