Nothing is more satisfying, or more Italian, than a helping of fresh pasta tossed with a rich savory tomato-based meat sauce lavished with freshly grated parmesan cheese. This recipe uses short ribs, giving the sauce a decadent richness.
Season short ribs with salt and pepper and dredge with flour. Heat oil in braising pan and brown meat on all sides. Transfer ribs to plate.
Add chopped onion and celery until softened, then add chopped carrot and garlic and continue to sauté. Add herbs and mushrooms (strained), add wine and deglaze. Add tomatoes, reserved ribs, beef broth and simmer until meat falls off of bone. Let cool overnight in refrigerator.
To finish sauce, remove bones from meat, reserve meat, defat the sauce and slowly simmer. Take cartilage and fat away from meat and chop meat finely. Add back into sauce and simmer gently. Reserve sauce until ready to serve over Pappardelle pasta.
Prepare your pasta following the instructions on the package. Serve with Parmesan cheese, shredded Romano and chopped parsley. Delicious over polenta too.
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