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instant pot beef ragu

instant pot beef ragu with pappardelle

  • Author: jenny goycochea
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner


If you want an elegant, meaty sauce to throw over pasta on a weekday, this instant pot version of beef ragu is there to save the day!


  • 3 lbs. cubed beef (brisket or chuck work well)
  • 3 oz pancetta or bacon, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 medium carrots, finely diced
  • 3 ribs celery, finely diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for topping
  • 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 cup dry white wine, nothing too sweet
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 lb. pappardelle pasta, cooked to al dente according to package instructions
  • mascarpone, for topping
  • freshly grated parmesan, for topping


  1. Turn your instant pot onto the ‘sauté’ function. Add the diced pancetta and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly until the pancetta has crisped up and rendered some of its fat. Transfer pancetta to a plate and set aside. Add the olive oil to the instant pot and the cubes of beef into a single layer. Let the meat get very brown on all sides. You may have to do this in two batches. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside with the pancetta. 
  2. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft. Add the minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Return the beef and pancetta to the pot. Add the wine, and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the wine is almost completely evaporated and then add the tomatoes and juice, bay leaf, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and milk. Place the lid on the pot and lock into place. Cancel the sauté setting and change to ‘meat/stew’ high pressure for 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
  3. Manually release the pressure on the instant pot (make sure to do this away from walls or shelves that could be damaged by steam). Remove the lid, shred the meat with a fork,  and transfer again to the sauté function and simmer for 15 min or so until thickened, stirring once in a while so that the ragu doesn’t stick. While you are doing this, cook your pasta and drain. Transfer pasta to bowls, top with ragu, mascarpone, freshly grated parmesan and red pepper flakes (if desired).


This recipe can be made without an instant pot. Follow the directions using a large dutch oven instead and cook in the oven for 2 1/2 hours at 375 plus another 30 minutes uncovered.

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