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Short Rib and Sausage Ragu

This delicious ragu with beef short ribs, Italian sausage, tomatoes, and red wine is simmered for hours and makes the most delicious pasta sauce. This short rib and sausage ragu is the epitome of meaty, rich decadence!

Short Rib and Sausage Ragu

We have been having a lot of cold & rainy weather for the past several days so I was in the mood to make something low & slow. A rich and meaty ragu sauce with pasta sounded perfect so I went in search of some recipes. I was inspired by a recipe I found on Cooking Light and adapted it to work with what I had on hand. The sauce simmered for 3 hours and made the house smell so incredible. This ragu, also known as Sunday Gravy or Sunday Sauce, was deeply flavored & so delicious served over pappardelle pasta and it paired nicely with our house salad and freshly baked bread.

Short Rib and Sausage Ragu

How to Make Short Rib and Sausage Ragu

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season the short ribs with oregano, garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place into the hot Dutch oven and sear all sides of the short ribs, turning with tongs, until golden brown & the fat has rendered, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a plate then pour off all but 1 teaspoon of grease.

Add the tomato paste, minced garlic, crushed fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes and continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.

Deglaze the pan with the wine, making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook, until the wine has reduced to a glaze, about 2 minutes. Add the short ribs and their juices back to the Dutch oven then add the hand-crushed whole tomatoes and rosemary sprig; stir to combine.

Cover with a lid & place into the oven to simmer gently, turning the ribs & stirring a few times throughout the cooking process, until the meat is very tender and falls off the bones, about 3 hours.

Remove from the oven and carefully transfer the ribs to a clean plate. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and shred with fingers, discarding the fat and bones.

Remove the grease from the top of the sauce if any. Return the shredded meat to the sauce in the Dutch oven. Bring the sauce to a simmer over low heat and stir in the vinegar. Taste and re-season with more vinegar, sea salt, and/or freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve over your cooked pasta of choice. Enjoy.

Short Rib and Sausage Ragu

Short Rib and Sausage Ragu

Short Rib and Sausage Ragu

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 - 8
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Inspired by Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • lb lean short ribs, excess fat removed
  • Dried oregano, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled & diced
  • 1 spicy pork Italian sausage, casing removed
  • tbsp tomato paste
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds, crushed
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can of whole tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 fresh rosemary sprig
  • 2-3 tsp white wine vinegar, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.
  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Season the short ribs with oregano, garlic powder, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place into the hot Dutch oven and sear all sides of the short ribs, turning with tongs, until golden brown & the fat has rendered down, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the ribs to a plate then pour off all but 1 teaspoon of grease.
  • Add the onion and carrot and sauté until soft, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the Italian sausage (removed from casing) and break it into crumbles as it cooks for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, minced garlic, crushed fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes and continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine, making sure to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook, until the wine has reduced to a glaze, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the short ribs and their juices back to the Dutch oven then add the hand-crushed whole tomatoes and rosemary sprig; stir to combine.
  • Cover with a lid & place into the oven to simmer gently, turning the ribs & stirring a few times throughout the cooking process, until the meat is very tender and falls off the bones, about 3 hours. 
  • Remove from the oven and carefully transfer the ribs to a clean plate. When cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the bones and shred with fingers, discarding the fat and bones.
  • Remove the grease from the top of the sauce if any. Return the shredded meat to the sauce in the Dutch oven. Bring the sauce to a simmer over low heat and stir in the vinegar. Taste and re-season with more vinegar, sea salt, and/or freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Serve over your cooked pasta of choice. Enjoy.
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  1. I love this type of sauce, often called Sunday sauce, and your version looks delicious. We made it about 6months ago and Bev prefers meaty sauces so next time we’ll give yours a try as I didn’t break-up the meat for mine.

    1. Annmarie,

      I agree! The vinegar gave it such a great pop of flavor. I’m so glad you enjoyed the ragu. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

      -Pam