Penne with braised short ribs

  • 1kg beef short ribs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 5 roma tomatoes, cut into eighths
  • 250ml red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon
  • 3 tbsps dijon mustard
  • 500ml low-sodium beef broth
  • 500g penne pasta
  • 30g freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 20g chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1) Place an oven rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4.

2) Season the ribs with salt and pepper. In a large heavy-bottomed casserole dish or ovenproof stock pot, heat the oil over a medium-high heat. In batches, add the ribs and brown on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the ribs and set aside.

3) Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for two minutes. Add the tomatoes, wine and mustard. Bring the mixture to a boil and scrape up the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

4) Return the ribs to the pan. Add the beef broth, cover the dish and place in the oven for 2 1/2 hours until the meat is fork-tender and falls easily from the bone.

5) Remove the ribs from the cooking liquid. Using a large spoon, remove any excess fat from the surface of the cooking liquid.

6) Using a ladle, transfer the cooking liquid to the bowl of a food processor. Process until the mixture is smooth. Pour the sauce into a saucepan and keep warm over a low heat.

7) Remove the meat from the bones and discard the bones. Using 2 forks, shred the meat into small pieces. Stir the shredded meat into the sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

8) Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil over a high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the pasta and place in a large serving bowl.

9) Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat from the sauce and add to the pasta. Pour 250ml of the sauce over the pasta. Toss well and thin out the pasta with more sauce, if needed.

10) Sprinkle the pasta with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley before serving.

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