Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Short Ribs with Tagliatelle

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes. I don't make it often. I think I have only made this three times but it is oh so good. Your house will be filled with amazing smells and this sauce gives you a really good excuse to make your own fresh pasta because after taking the time to develop this rich sauce it really deserves no less than to be soaked up with fresh pasta (and homemade bread!!).

Because I buy grass fed beef from my parents, the short ribs I get don't always have as much meat as the typical short ribs you find in the store. If I think I need a little more meat I add a package of stew meat and it works perfectly. So this recipe is a great way to use up stew meat as well. I also think this would be good with a rib roast or other types or roasts.


Serves 6.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces chopped pancetta (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 1/2 pounds short ribs
  • salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 (14-ounce) can tomatoes (whole or diced)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1 pound fresh or dried tagliatelle ( I highly recommend you make fresh tagliatelle for this recipe)
  • 4 to 6 teaspoons shaved bittersweet chocolate


Place the olive oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium heat. Cook the pancetta until golden and crisp, about 4 minutes. Meanwhile, season the short ribs with salt and pepper, and dredge in the flour. Using a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta from the pan and set aside. Add the short ribs to the pan and brown on all sides, about 7 minutes total.

Meanwhile, combine the onion, carrot, parsley and garlic in a food processor and blend until finely minced. Then add the tomatoes and tomato paste and pulse.

Once the short ribs are browned, carefully add the mixture from the food processor to the pot. Return the pancetta to the pot and stir. Add the rosemary, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, beef broth, and wine. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for another hour and a half, stirring occasionally. Remove the meat and bones from the pot. Discard the bones. Shred the meat and return it to the pot. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper, or to taste.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes for dried pasta and 2 to 3 minutes for fresh. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Add the pasta to the pot and stir to combine. Add the reserved pasta liquid 1/4 cup at a time, if

needed, to moisten the pasta. Transfer to serving bowls, top each bowl with 1 teaspoon of chocolate shavings. Serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis of the Food Network.


  1. Wow, that looks good!

    You are an amazing cook and photographer!

    Please come cook for me. :)

  2. Thank you!!! :) I can't say I can agree with the photographer part but I try my hardest with my cheap point and shoot and poor lighting! I need to upgrade to a nice camera someday!

  3. Oh, yeah. Just what I need before Meatfare!

  4. Is it possible to buy beef from your family???


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