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Slow-cooked shortrib ragu

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20 minutes
3 hours
Wine/Spirit Pairing
Woolworths Paul Cluver Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012

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  • 4 T olive oil
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 leeks, washed and roughly chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 x 400 g chopped tomatoes can
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 2 cups water or good-quality beef stock
  • 1.5 kg beef shortrib
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large ovenproof casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid.

Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, then add the leeks, garlic, carrots, celery and bay leaves. Season and cook for 5–7 minutes, or until the vegetables are slightly coloured.

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and water or stock. Add the shortrib, ensuring it is completely submerged in the liquid, then cover with the lid. Cook in
the oven for 2 ½–3 hours, or until the meat is falling off the bone.

Check regularly to make sure it doesn’t cook dry – add water if necessary.

Serve with pasta, mashed potato or creamed polenta.

Cook's note: To cook this in the pressure cooker, cook it for 30 minutes over a medium heat so a steady stream of steam escapes. Reduce the cooking liquid over a medium heat.

Abigail Donnelly

Recipe by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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