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Short Rib Ragù in a Dutch oven with a small plate of basil leaves
Short Rib Ragù
Cook Time
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins

This Short Rib Ragù is simply mouthwatering and fall-apart tender! It's the perfect fall comfort food!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Short Ribs, ragu, Italian, comfort food
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 234 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 2 lbs. English-cut bone-in beef short ribs
  • kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 12 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
  • 2 24-oz. cans tomato puree
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 fresh basil leaves, torn
  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes. Pat the short ribs with paper towels. Season ribs generously with kosher salt. Pour the avocado oil into the hot Dutch oven. Heat the oil until it shimmers. Add the short ribs and cook until they're browned, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate.

  2. Reduce the heat to medium and add the celery, carrots and onion. Season with a bit of salt. Cook, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pot, until the veggies are softened, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for an additional minute.

  3. Return the meat to the pot with any juices. Add the tomato puree, thyme and bay leaves. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the meat is fork tender, about 2 1/2-3 hours.

  4. Transfer the meat to a large bowl and shred with two forks. Discard the bones, thyme springs and bay leaves. Return the shredded meat to the pot and stir in the torn basil leaves. Adjust the seasoning if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Short Rib Ragù
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 67mg22%
Sodium 98mg4%
Potassium 535mg15%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 2682IU54%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.