Short Rib Ragu with Drunken Pappardelle

Aired December 20, 2013

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large or 2 medium carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 to 3 ribs celery with leafy tops, finely chopped
3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups beef stock
4 cooked short ribs, meat pulled and shredded plus 1 cup braising liquid
1 pound pappardelle pasta
1 750-ml bottle dry red wine Pecorino Romano cheese
Fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped

Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onions, celery and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook veggies until very tender then add bay and stir in the tomato paste, stock, short rib meat and braising sauce. Heat through then cool completely and store for make-ahead meal.

To serve, skim the fat and reheat, covered, over medium heat. While the sauce reheats, bring 5 to 6 cups of water to a boil with 1 bottle red wine. Add the pasta and cook to al dente. Drain the pasta and toss with sauce to coat, then top with Pecorino cheese and chopped parsley.

Use Rach’s Zinfully Delicious Short Ribs as the base for this meal.
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