Sometimes you have more than 30 minutes to throw together dinner. Sometimes, you have a date coming over and want to impress. Sometimes, you just want to enjoy the cooking process and make something beautiful.
Today, I’m sharing the perfect recipe for those “sometimes.”
I rarely eat beef, like almost never. When I do, it’s a bite of something Lu’s having. Or, it’s a super-super special occasion or we’re at a place that’s well known for something – like boneless spare ribs at Echo in Palm Beach, those I always treat myself to.
Thus, if I do cook beef, it’s going to be something really delicious, like this slow-cooked short rib ragu. It cooks for 3 hours and is juicy and flavorful. It’s definitely a date night meal or a “congrats on the promotion girl, let’s celebrate!” kind of dish.
It looks beautiful on the plate, and although the short rib isn’t the most nutritionally beneficial meat cut, it makes an excellent ragu, which I’ve made today, put atop sweet potato noodles.
I also had a zucchini in the refrigerator that was going to go bad and I had no planned recipes for it, so, of course, I spiralized it and tried it with the ragu – for an even lighter version of this pasta dish.
I lightened up this ragu by omitting the other meats that are usually cooked into a short rib ragu – like pancetta or prosciutto. In my opinion, the short ribs are fatty enough, so there’s no need for the other meat!
Personally, I prefer this ragu with sweet potato noodles – they are heartier, full of more flavor, and just really carry the ragu. Plus, a robust sauce like this warrants a thicker, starchier noodle.
Hope everyone has something to celebrate or rejoice in this week so they can make this dish – and if you can’t think of anything, think of this: life is something to celebrate. No matter how hard it gets, be happy that you’re alive and healthy.
Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 15 points
*These points were calculated using the official Weight Watchers SmartPoints calculator. We are in no way affiliated with Weight Watchers, we are providing this information based on popular demand.