Beef Rib Ragu

 By @themancuniancook

 Serves 4-6.


  • 4 beef ribs

  • 1 onion

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 celery sticks

  • 180 ml red wine

  • 450 ml beef stock

  • 500g Passata

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • 1 sprig Rosemary

  • 2 sprigs Thyme

  • Salt to taste

  • Sugar to taste

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 500g Yorkshire pasta Tortiglioni 

  • Parmesan cheese (for serving)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Dice the onion, celery, and carrot.

Step 2

Season the beef ribs on all sides with salt and pepper.

Step 3

In a Dutch oven, brown the beef ribs on all sides over medium-high heat.

Step 4

Remove the ribs from the pot and set them aside.

Step 5

In the same pot, sweat down the diced onion, celery, and carrot until they soften.

Step 6

Add the red wine to the pot and let it simmer until it’s reduced by half.

Step 7

Pour in the beef stock and Passata, stirring to combine.

Step 8

Add the garlic cloves (you can either finely chop them or leave them whole for easy removal later).

Step 9

Place the browned beef ribs back into the pot.

Step 10

Tie the rosemary and thyme sprigs together with kitchen twine and add them to the pot.

Step 11

Cover the pot with a lid and let the ragu simmer over low heat for about 3 hours, or until the beef is tender and easily falls off the bone.

Step 12

Once the beef ribs are cooked, remove them from the pot and shred the meat using forks. 

Step 13
Discard any bones and the herb bundle.


Step 14

Season the ragu with salt, sugar, and the juice of a lemon to balance the flavours.

Step 15

Return the shredded beef to the pot and stir it into the sauce.

Step 16

In a separate large pan, bring salted water to a boil and cook the Yorkshire pasta according to the packet instructions until al dente. Reserve a cup of pasta water before draining.

Step 17

Add the cooked pasta to the beef ragu along with the reserved pasta water.

Step 18

Continue to cook the pasta in the ragu over medium heat until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta. This should only be for a minute or two to ensure the pasta doesn’t overcook. 

Step 19

Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for a minute before serving.

Step 20

Serve the Beef Rib Ragu over the pasta, and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.