This easy Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu Bolognese doesn't require hours of babysitting the stove! Silky, rich and packed with tender meat, this sauce is sure to be a hit with your family and become a staple in your home!
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Brown short ribs: In a large Dutch oven or cast iron skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat. Add half the ribs and sear on all sides until browned (about 2 minutes per side). Transfer meat to slow cooker. Repeat with remaining tablespoon of oil and ribs. OPTIONAL: With the heat still on under the pot, add 1/3 cup of wine and scrape off the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour wine and browned bits over meat in the slow cooker. ALTERNATIVELY, you can add all the wine directly to the slow cooker and skip deglazing the pan.
In the slow cooker: Add all the remaining ingredients (EXCEPT CORNSTARCH MIXTURE or HEAVY CREAM) to the slow cooker and season generously with salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir to combine.
Cook: Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours* or until short ribs are fork tender.
Shred meat: When ribs are tender, either shred the meat right in the slow cooking or remove them from the slow cooker and transfer to a cutting board. Use two forks to shred the meat. Remove the bay leaves from the slow cooker and discard. Add the meat back to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Cover and switch slow cooker to WARM while you make the pasta.
To Serve: Top with fresh parsley and/or fresh basil and grated parmesan. Enjoy!
Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to boil and cook pasta to just barely al dente according to directions on package.
Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup of cooking liquid, and return to pot. Add enough Ragu Bolognese sauce to coat, along with some of the cooking liquid. Quickly cook over medium-high heat, tossing/stirring gently to combine, for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Transfer to a large serving platter or divide among serving bowls. Top with fresh parsley and grated parmesan. Enjoy!
Recipe Serves: 8-10
Nutritional Information is an approximation and based on 8 servings (does not include pasta)