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Slow Cooker Red Wine Sunday Ragù Pasta. Turning a classic cozy fall/winter recipe into an easy slow cooker pasta using hearty beef short ribs, red wine, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and pappardelle pasta…finished off with fresh burrata cheese! This slow-cooked Sunday dinner is a hearty and delicious meal to come home to at the end of a busy day. And the best part? It’s an easy dinner to prepare that everyone loves. You simply can’t go wrong with a dinner like this red wine Sunday Ragù. Bonus? You can also make this in the Instant Pot or slow braise in the oven.
A Sunday night recipe…that’s equally great any day of the week. I just love the sound of a slow-cooked “Sunday Sauce” – don’t you?
You do, you do! And speaking of Sunday, I hope you all had a very lovely fall weekend (using the word lovely today because I use the words great and amazing way too much). Hoping it was also much warmer than mine. While Saturday was sunny, it was COLD, and then it snowed all day today. So, all in all, it was a bit of a chilly weekend.
I spent most of the weekend getting ready for the launch of HBH Super Simple. I did a lot of online shopping. And plenty of chit-chatting back and forth with you all via Instagram (my favorite thing to do!).
I can’t say that I’m well-rested, but I’m ready for the week ahead. And so ready to share one of my favorite recipes, this Sunday Ragù Sauce! Some of you may recall my original Sunday Sauce recipe. I shared it more than a few years back. It’s still a staple recipe for me…and for many of you as well (it’s a pretty popular recipe).
Today’s recipe is the updated version. It’s similar…ish, but also so different. Today’s ragù is a bit more classic. It has a richer deeper flavor, less spice, and most importantly, it’s made with red wine…and served with burrata.
Every twirl of pasta is so good.
Making this Sunday ragù is EASY. You can do it in the slow cooker, the instant pot, or even slow braise the sauce in the oven. My preferred method is the slow cooker, but any of the three options are GOOD.
First up, I do recommend searing your short ribs before slow cooking. Yes, I know what a messy pain this is, but I also know that the additional flavor and texture that comes from searing the ribs adds so much to a dish like this. If you don’t have time, I get it, but please try to find it. Searing the ribs adds so much flavor to this ragù.
In addition to the ribs, there’s also bacon. The bacon adds a richness to this sauce, making it much closer to a true Italian style ragù.
Also, if you have a fancy slow cooker that has the ability to sear meats, that’s awesome. You should definitely use that function! I have my eye on this all in one browning slow cooker from All-Clad.
Once the ribs and bacon are set, the rest is simple as can be. Everything gets stirred together in the slow cooker then cooked low and slow all day long.
Nothing is better than the smells that will soon be coming from your kitchen. Like nothing. That’s why this ragù is so perfect for Sunday. You can throw it together in the morning, go off and do your Sunday thing. and come home to a house that smells like grandmas, with a hearty warming dinner just waiting to be served.
By the time the ragù has finished cooking, the ribs should be falling off the bone. Just remove and discard the ribs, shred the meat, and toss with the sauce. Add a little butter and grated parmesan cheese. Trust me here, you need these two ingredients to complete your sauce.
The butter makes the sauce smooth, while the parmesan adds flavors.
Pasta. My favorite cut of pasta for this style ragù is a wider cut pappardelle pasta, but tagliatelle is an equally great option. If you have a hard time finding either one simply use whatever cut of pasta your family enjoys.
Boil-off the pasta, toss with butter, and then toss with the sauce.
And that’s it – you’re ready to serve. Just be sure to add the burrata cheese and a little additional parmesan.
Oh, and a couple of chunks of rustic bread for mopping up all that sauce. DELICIOUS.
And one more thing…maybe add a glass of your favorite red wine too.
Of course not! You can make this tonight or any night of the week…
But here’s my tip. Make this on Sunday for Sunday night dinner. This recipe feeds eight, so chances are you’ll have leftovers. And those leftovers…they are amazing. Probably better than the “fresh” sauce because the longer the sauce sits, the more time the flavors have to develop.
Obviously, you can use the ragù to served over pasta. But you can also serve it over creamy mashed potatoes, or even buttery polenta. All would be such great options, and very easy weekday meals since the sauce is already made. So you see what we did here? We just Sunday meal prepped…and it was so EASY.
Ok, and finally, this is also a great recipe for the upcoming holiday craze. Serve this to family, serve this up at your next dinner party, or even plan to serve this over Christmas. Again, you can’t go wrong. This is the EVERYTHING ragù you need in your back pocket for busy times, dinner parties, and holiday entertaining.
If you make this slow cooker red wine Sunday Ragù pasta, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Can I give 10 stars? My husband said “restaurants don’t have nothing on this!” Seriously, this meal is so good! I just can’t wait to have leftovers tomorrow!
Happy Monday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xx
Is it possible to brown short ribs and assemble in slow cooker liner the night before (refrigerated)? I didn’t know if meat would be okay soaking in wine all night. Trying to save time Christmas morning 🤞🏻
I would just do step 1, I wouldn’t add the wine just yet. I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Are the calories per serving actually correct? Over the RDV of calories in one serving??
I always recommend that if the nutritional information is important to you, you use your own personal calculator. Ours is automatic and controlled by google. It’s not something we’d prefer to be using. We are required to. I’m sorry for the trouble, we do our best! Hope you enjoy the recipe! xT
This was amazing! Loved it!
Happy Monday!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xT
Made your Sunday Ragu for dinner tonight. Recipe was easy and so were the results. Recipe is another winner for us and hubby wants leftovers tomorrow! I also have my Pumpkin Smash candle burning while doing cleanup and hopes it down to a cup of tea. Thank you!
Happy Monday!! So glad to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks for giving it a go! I hope you love the candle!! xT
Hi! Just tried this recipe tonight, slow cooked in my instant pot, and the flavor was amazing but mine turned out very soupy. Any thoughts on what could have caused that? I couldn’t find crushed San Marzano tomatoes so I substituted with regular crushed. Could that have been it?
Thanks so much for making this recipe, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Unfortunately, I feel like the slow cook option on the instant pot doesn’t always yield the same results as a regular slow cooker. So sorry!! xx
I’ve been wanting to make this Sunday Ragu for a while now and finally got around to making it. Wowza! This was a unanimous hit in our house last night. My family doesn’t eat pork so I omitted the bacon. It was such a delicious sauce over the noodles. It is a perfect Sunday dinner. I made it using my instant pot. Thanks again for another stupendous recipe!
Awesome!! 🍂 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for trying it out! xx
Today I made it for the second time. I’m trying your coq au vin next week!
Awesome! Love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend:)
This recipe did not work for me. I purchased very good bone-in short ribs, and they came out too tough and chewy to eat. I was very disappointed. If you have any thoughts on what I did wrong, I would love your advice.
Thanks for giving the recipe a try, so sorry to hear you had issues! Which cooking method did you use? Was there anything you may have adjusted? I need some more info to better help you:) xT
I had a similar experience after making this last night in the Instant Pot, although I find short ribs never turn out the best for me. Is there another cut of meat you would suggest trying instead of the short ribs?
So sorry to hear this Brittany! You could also do beef chunk and cut it into squares. I hope this helps! xx