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Beef Short Rib Ragu

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Pasta
Keyword: beef short ribs, italian, ragu
Servings: 6


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup carrot chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 3 lb boneless beef short ribs cubed (approx. 1 inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 6 cup Prego Traditional spaghetti sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil torn
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes


  • Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.  Saute carrot, celery, green bell pepper, onion, mushrooms and garlic until softened, about 3 minutes.  Remove from pot and set aside.
  • Season cubed short ribs with salt and pepper. Add remaining 1 tbsp olive oil to pot and working in batches, brown cubes of short ribs over medium high heat. When batch is browned, remove to a bowl and continue to brown remaining.
  • Add red wine and beef broth, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot. Add browned short rib cubes back to pot together with Prego, sugar, black pepper, fresh basil and red pepper flakes.  Simmer on medium low for about 2 hours or until short ribs are fork tender.
  • Serve with large elbow macaroni that is cooked according to package directions. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.