Low Carb Short Rib Ragu Over Zoodles

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  • prep time

    prep time

    10 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    1 h 37 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    1 h 47 min

Low Carb Short Rib Ragu Over Zoodles

Words that describe this short rib ragu are “rich”, “decadent”, and “mmm!” This ragu sauce takes some time to cook down, but the complex flavors melt together in a harmony of herbs, melt-in-your-mouth beef, and tender fats. If you need to bring up your fat macro, an extra drizzle of olive oil over you zucchini noodles will help, plus it gives a silky finish to your “pasta”!

Please note that the short rib ingredient does NOT include the weight of bones

Jessica L.

  • Net Carbs

    6.2 g

  • Fiber

    2.2 g

  • Total Carbs

    8.6 g

  • Protein

    31.7 g

  • Fats

    61.9 g

716 cals

Low Carb Short Rib Ragu Over Zoodles

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  • Ribs, Beef, Short, Visible Fat Eaten

    Ribs, Beef, Short, Visible Fat Eaten

    8 ounce

  • Butter


    2 tablespoon

  • Red Wine Vinegar

    Red Wine Vinegar

    2 teaspoon

  • Beef Broth

    Beef Broth

    2 cup

  • Salt


    0.25 teaspoon

  • Black Pepper

    Black Pepper

    0.25 teaspoon

  • Garlic Powder

    Garlic Powder

    0.25 teaspoon

  • Onion Powder

    Onion Powder

    0.5 teaspoon

  • Celery Seed

    Celery Seed

    0.12 teaspoon

  • Oregano, Dried

    Oregano, Dried

    0.75 teaspoon

  • Basil


    ¼ ounce

  • Tomato Paste

    Tomato Paste

    2 tablespoon

  • Zucchini


    8 ounce

  • Olive Oil

    Olive Oil

    1 teaspoon

Recipe Steps

steps 9

1 h 47 min

  • Step 1

    *You will need 1lb total of short rib, including the weight of bones. For an easier time later, prep the short ribs by removing the majority of the meat from the bones. Chop the meat into 1 or 2-bite pieces. If there is meat remaining on the bones, this is okay. Leave all the fat on the meat.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    Heat the butter in a large pot on medium heat. Stir in all the beef, including the bones. Cook until the meat browns. You can place a lid on the pot for some of this time to help the juices collect.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Pour in the red wine vinegar and beef broth. Place the lid back on, and bring the liquid to a boil. Let the pot boil for 1 minute.
    Step 3
  • Step 4

    Bring the heat back to a simmer. Stir in all the remaining ingredients except for the zucchini and olive oil. Replace the lid, and let the sauce simmer for 1 hr, 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to avoid burning. If the liquid evaporates too much, you can add small amount of beef broth, but the sauce should reduce some during cooking.
    Step 4
  • Step 5

    For the final cooking stage, remove the lid and let the sauce openly simmer for 10-15 minutes until it reduces to your preferred level of thickness. Once done cooking, set the sauce aside. You can discard the bare beef bones or save them for additional cooking at another time. Break up any large pieces of meat with a spoon.
    Step 5
  • Step 6

    For the zucchini noodles, spiralize them.
    Step 6
  • Step 7

    In a large pan, toss the zoodles with the olive oil over medium-high heat. The zoodles shouldn’t cook more for 60 seconds or else they will be too soft. You may, at your discretion, lightly season the zoodles with a pinch of salt and/or pepper.
    Step 7
  • Step 8

    For serving, arrange the zoodles in two dishes or in one large serving dish. Spoon the sauce and meat over the zoodles. At your discretion, you may also garnish your ragu with grated parmesan, chopped parsley, or additional chopped basil.
    Step 8
  • Step 9

    *Additional serving note: For the standard recipe of 2 servings, the total weight is 168g of zoodles and 346g of ragu, meaning each serving includes 84g zoodles and 173g ragu.*

Comments 5

  • Lube

    Lube 3 years ago

    This is a delicious recipe! I’m definitely adding it to my “favorites” list! I do wonder if the cooking process could be faster in an Instant Pot. I had a hard time waiting for it to simmer for an hour and 15 minutes!

    • Mimi43

      Mimi43 4 years ago

      How would I thicken up the sauce?

      • recipewriter

        recipewriter 4 years ago

        You could try adding a small amount of cream cheese in the final stages for a thicker, tangier sauce. However the cooking process should thicken the sauce as it is.

    • BellaBelle

      BellaBelle 5 years ago

      Just made this for my kids (8 year old twins who abhor anything green); and they came back for seconds! Truly delicious - even for those going along unwhittingly on my Keto journey.

      • Zhazha81

        Zhazha81 5 years ago

        Love it