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Slow-Roast Short Rib Ragu Recipe by Davina McCall
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Slow-Roast Short Rib Ragu Recipe by Davina McCall

This rib ragu recipe is definitely one to make at the weekend when you’re at home and it doesn’t matter that it has to bubble away in the oven for several hours – the longer the better. The prep is super quick though and can be done in a hurry, so you can have a real feast with very little effort. This recipe makes enough sauce to serve eight with pasta, but you can always pop half in the freezer to enjoy another time.

Serves 8


2 tbsp olive oil
1kg beef short ribs
1 large red onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
2 x 400g cans of plum or cherry tomatoes
200ml red wine
1 bouquet garni made up of bay, thyme and rosemary
500ml hot beef stock
600g wholewheat spaghetti or penne
Basil leaves, to garnish
Grated Parmesan cheese, to serve
Salt and black pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Fan 160°C/Gas 4.
2. Heat a tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan, season the short ribs and fry them for 3–4 minutes or until golden on all sides.
3. Put the browned ribs in a large roasting tin and add the onion, carrots and celery.
4. Drizzle them with the remaining oil, then roast them in the oven for 45 minutes.
5. Add the garlic, tomatoes, wine, bouquet garni and stock and roast for another 2 hours or longer – until the beef is really tender. It should be falling off the bone so you can shred the meat with 2 forks.
6. When the meat has reached this stage, take the roasting tin out of the oven and set it aside until the ribs are cool enough to handle. Pull the meat off the bones, then discard the bones and the bouquet garni.
7. Tip everything else into a saucepan andmash gently so that all the flavours merge together. Have a taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.
8. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, then serve with the sauce and garnish with basil.

To Serve:

– Serve with a bowl of grated Parmesan to add at the table.


Slow-Roast Short Rib Ragu Recipe by Davina McCall bio TV Presenter Davina McCall’s new cookbook is filled with delicious and healthy family recipes that help you balance blood sugar, lose weight and feel fantastic. Following on from the huge success of Davina’s 5 Weeks to Sugar-Free and Davina’s Smart Carbs, Davina McCall is back with a brand new cookbook to help you kick the sugar habit and cut out junk food for good. Lavishly illustrated throughout, Davina’s Sugar-Free in a Hurry is full of healthy, delicious and – best of all – quick recipes. A strong advocate for a healthy lifestyle she has a successful range of fitness DVDs and raised millions through her Sport Relief challenge in 2013.

DAVINA’S SUGAR-FREE IN A HURRY by Davina McCall is published by Orion Books as a trade paperback and eBook, priced £16.99/£8.99.

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