Red Wine Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu is a bowl of comforting, warm and hearty pasta that sets just the right tone for the holiday season. With the weather getting chilly outside, there’s nothing like a rich and meaty meal to bring everyone around the dinner table. Plus it’s oh-so easy to make with your handy dandy slow cooker or electric pressure cooker!

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This time of year, I just want to eat all of the beef and carb things.

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Curling up with a big ol’ bowl of something warm and comforting is basically my life, as I snuggle up on the couch watching the Christmas tree sparkle and the dogs fight over their toys.

With a little Christmas music in the background, it’s impossible to resist this little scene of festive joy! 

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Of course, this is also the ideal meal to be serving up for your holiday dinner parties! It’s an incredibly easy dinner to make and you can easily double the recipe in any standard slow cooker or electronic pressure cooker with ease.

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I personally love this dish because it is so rich and savory. The red wine and brandy in the sauce help break down the short ribs to be tender and oh-so juicy. Once you shred the meat and return it to the sauce, it forms this ragu with such an intense depth of flavor to it. It’s savory but balanced, herbaceous but with a touch of acidity.

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Red Wine Slow Cooker Short Rib Ragu

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

This rich and hearty ragu is just the hearty meal your holiday dinner needs! It's filling and warm, making it irresistible as the weather gets colder outside.


  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 lbs. bone in short ribs
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup red wine (I used cabernet)
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 28 oz can of whole, peeled San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped parsley + more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped basil
  • 1 lb fettuccine


  1. Season all sides of the short ribs with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat. Once hot, add the short ribs and brown on all sides, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove and set in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  3. To the same pot, add bacon and fry for approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add in red pepper flakes, garlic and onion. Cook until the onion is tender and bacon is cooked through, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and sprinkle in flour. Stir to coat the veggies and bacon, and cook approximately 30 seconds. Pour in red wine, beef broth and brandy, stirring to scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the pot.
  5. Stir in tomatoes and break up the whole tomatoes a bit with the back of your stirring spoon.
  6. Add in fresh and dried herbs. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour the sauce over the short ribs in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. You can also cook this in an electric pressure cooker for 35 to 40 minutes. When the ribs are fork tender, discard the bay leaf and remove short ribs from slow cooker to a cutting board.
  8. Using two forks shred the meat and discard bones and unwanted fat. Place shredded meat back in the slow cooker and let them cook on low while the pasta cooks.
  9. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  10. Drain pasta in a colander. Divide between serving bowls and top with ragu. Serve immediately with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley.
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