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Short Ribs Ragù

Leftovers can be the star of dinnertime
Short Rib Ragù

This recipe came about when a friend suggested we make a pasta sauce out of the leftover short ribs we had in the fridge. I also think it's worth mentioning that we did while trapped inside during a hurricane, and so this delicious dish was the result of luck and what we had on hand. 

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  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 Pounds cooked spare ribs with gravy, meat removed from bones and shredded, one bone reserved
  • One 12-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf


Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat and cook the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the spare rib meat, the rib, and the gravy and heat through for 1 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, sugar, dried oregano, thyme, and bay leaf and stir. Simmer over medium-low heat for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until the sauce has thickened and the flavors have developed. Remove bay leaf and rib and serve with pasta.