Pappardelle with Beef Ragu


We had our first snow of the season here in Mars yesterday.

Not only did it snow, but it snowed ALL day!

After a 73 degree F day on Friday, it was quite a shock, but also such a glorious treat for a lazy Sunday to build a fire in the morning and burn it all day long while cooking and watching football and reading and resting.

After a very busy and exciting week, it was nice.  It was also the first day I didn’t see my new granddaughter since she was born, so I am thankful for text messages and IM pictures and so proud of her Mom and Dad for the amazing job they are doing.  They are naturals, and my heart is so very full.


My belly is full too….. after making and feasting on this amazing recipe I tweaked a bit from Jamie Oliver’s recipe.

What a perfect dish to cook for hours on a cold day teasing our noses with the amazing aroma and warming the house with the oven on for hours.  Jamie Oliver does his in a pressure cooker.  You could also do this in the crockpot.  But we were home all day, and I was perfectly content to have the oven on.


I swear I am a “wannabe” Italian!  I adore Italian food.  In Italian cuisine, ragu is a meat-based sauce that is commonly served with pasta.  Pappardelle are large, broad, flat pasta noodles that originate from the Tuscany region and are similar to wide fettuccine. The name derives from the verb “pappare,” which means to gobble up.

Isn’t Papparedelle so much more fun to say than wide noodles?  And doesn’t it sound so much more delicious?!


Hubby said I could definitely make this for company!  It is so full of flavor!  I could just lick the sauce from a spoon!  And then…… when you top it with a tiny bit of finely grated orange zest and rosemary…. the flavors just BURST with freshness too.  The balance between tender slow cooking with deep, layered flavors and fresh, bright citrus – even though just a tiny bit – is simply amazing!

Here is the recipe as I slightly tweaked from Jamie Oliver’s recipe shared in The New York Times.  Hope you will give it a try.

Pappardelle with Beef Ragu


  • 2 lbs boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, plus 1 Tbsp finely chopped leaves for garnish
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
  • 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 3-4 celery stalks, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced sweet red and yellow peppers (optional)
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 pound pappardelle
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated orange zest
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in dutch oven on stove top over medium-high heat.  Add beef cubes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Stir until beef is well browned on all sides, about 5 mins.  Add rosemary and sage sprigs, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and sweet peppers. Continue cooking until vegetables are softened, about 5 more mins.

Add wine and continue to simmer until liquid has reduced by approximately half, about 15 minutes. Add tomatoes.  Secure lid and place in oven for 3 1/2 hours.

Cook pappardelle in boiling salted water for 6-7 minutes until al dente.   Drain and rinse in cold water.  Return pasta to pot.  Add butter and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.   Mix gently, cover with lid, and let butter melt.

Remove beef ragu from oven.  Discard herb stems and coarsely shred beef with two forks.

To serve, place pappardelle in shallow bowl, top with beef ragu, sprinkle with orange zest, finely minced rosemary and some more freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.


Cheers & Hugs,

30 thoughts on “Pappardelle with Beef Ragu

  1. This really looks like an amazing dish! I can almost smell it cooking. YUMMM! It must seem strange not seeing her for a day. I am sure it feels like she has been in your life forever. I sure hope we get to see more photos of her!

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  2. Oh this looks so good Jodi! What a perfect meal for a snowy Sunday! It is even in the 30s on the gulf coast this am! Brrrr! We are heading to Birmingham today for the month of December, I haven’t seen my children or grandchildren for 3 weeks and can’t wait! When you are used to seeing them all the time a week is an eternity! However, we are nice and rested up for the chaos ahead! I am in the mood for colder weather and comfort food like this delicious looking Beef Ragu- I know your week will be overflowing with blessings 🙂

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  3. Well , grandma, I can see your innate nesting instincts are celebrating Clara…… are continuing the love of your grandma… appropriate….so right… you……comfort food helps to warm that nest you are building….love you and I am inspired to make that amazing dish today….in your honor sweetie❤️❤️❤️❤️ Joyce

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    • Oh I hope you do make it Joyce, and let me know what you guys think! Oh, and this grandma business – O M G – I thought I was prepared for the love….. Nobody can explain it until you feel it. ❤ ❤ ❤ LOVE YOU!!! xo


  4. Looks delish and I imagine it smells divine, Jodi!! Thanks for the recipe! ❤️ What kind of cookware do you use that you can place in your oven from the stovetop? I’m looking to get some new pots and pans. 😊 It felt like snow here but we haven’t had any yet. I’m make a chicken veggie stew in the crock pot today. 🍅

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  5. What a perfect recipe for a snowy day! Thanks for sharing it…
    And I bet it is hard to concentrate on anything else other than your new grandbaby. Nothing nicer than the holidays with a brand new baby to share it with!

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