So when Valentines Day came around, I decided I wanted to stay in and make braised short ribs in my new Le Creuset Dutch Oven (thanks Mom!!). Do you have a Le Creuset? No? You really should. These babies are built to last literally a lifetime and probably more! Seriously, my mom got hers as a wedding gift about 30 years ago, and its still in perfect condition today. Have you made braised short ribs with luscious port wine? OMG. You really should do that too.
Well these braised short ribs are ideal for the Dutch oven because it allows you to get that beautiful sear, lots of tasty fonds (those browned stuck on bits), and then pop a lid on and cook it in the oven for 3 hours or so. It’s weekend eating at its absolute best, and honestly better than any overpriced V-Day prix-fixe can ever be.
Braised Short Ribs Meet Port & Pasta = Heaven
This recipe for braised short ribs on pappardelle pasta was adapted from Bobby Flay’s version and despite being pretty easy to pull off, it will blow your socks off anyone you want to impress. Seriously, my fiancé is hyper-critical and he was raving about it for days after. The secret? Patience. You can’t rush short ribs, they need the time in a tasty boozy liquid to get tender and sweet. My goodness, my mouth is watering just reliving this meal. So I’m going to go have a snack before I have a foodgasm, and will just leave this here for your next weekend cooking project. Enjoy!
Port Braised Short Rib Pappardelle
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 small handful of parsley
- 150 g pancetta diced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 1/2 lb short ribs
- Salt and pepper
- 1 large carrot peeled and diced
- 1 large parsnip peeled and diced
- 1 large stalk of celery diced
- 2 shallots finely diced
- 3 whole cloves of garlic peeled and left whole
- 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 cup port
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 3/4 cups good quality beef stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 lb pappardelle pasta
- 3 tbsp finely grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
- 1/3 cup fresh ricotta torn into small pieces
- 1/4 cup Italian parsley leaves chopped
- Preheat oven to 325 F. Place the rosemary, thyme, bay and parsley in a piece of cheesecloth to make a bouquet garni. Tie the pouch closed with kitchen string and set aside.
- Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat and add in the pancetta. Cook until crispy and rendered, then transfer to a bowl.
- Return the casserole medium heat and add the oil if needed. Season the short ribs with salt and pepper and then add them to the oil to brown on all sides. Once browned, add them to the bowl with the pancetta.
- Return the pot to medium heat and add the carrot, parsnip, celery, shallots and garlic. Saute until fragrant and golden, about 7-8 minutes.
- Add the flour and tomato paste and stir until well incorporated. Deglaze with the port while scraping up the little bits on the bottom of the pan. Once the port has evaporated, add in the red wine, beef stock and the bouquet garni.
- Return the ribs and pancetta to the casserole and bring the liquid to a full simmer over medium high heat, then cover the dish and put it in the oven. Cook until the ribs are very tender and fall off the bone, about 2 hours 45 minutes – 3 hours.
- Remove the pot from the oven, transfer the short ribs to a cutting board and shred the meat from the bone. Discard the fat from the top of the sauce in the pan and add back the meat to the sauce. If it’s thick and syrupy, then leave as is, but if you feel it’s still fairly loose then reduce the sauce over medium heat. Keep warm.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in the pasta and cook according to the package directions for al dente. Drain, and add the noodles to the pot with the meat along with the parmigiano cheese.
- Divide between four bowls and top with parsley and little dollops of the ricotta cheese.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian (RD), regulated by the Ontario College of Dietitians. She is a mom, YouTuber, Blogger, award winning cookbook author, media coach specializing in food and nutrition influencers, and a frequent contributor to national publications like Healthline and on national broadcast TV shows.