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Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Chuck roast is cooked until tender with garlic, herbs, and plenty of tomatoes in this Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu with Pappardelle for a delicious and hearty family pasta night recipe.

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Beef Ragu Pasta Sauce

Eating a family dinner and spending quality time together during the week is really important to me. These are the days when everyone is busy with work, homework, sports, and other school activities.

It would be really easy to not check in with each other. That makes family time seem that much more important though. Or to all eat at different times and not have any fun family conversations. And sometimes there is no avoiding it.

Kendall will have a basketball game, someone else will have practice, and parents need to be in two places at once. We usually end up with one really crazy night a week that leaves us eating in shifts depending on what is going on.

So, I try really hard amidst all of our busy schedules to make sure at least one night during the school week we are all sitting down together at the same time to eat a good dinner. Usually one night a week we have pasta night for family dinner. Pasta night is probably the kids’ favorite dinner of the week.

Especially during the fall and the winter when we are craving cozy evenings and comfort foods. Or maybe I mean “I” and not “we.” Kevin is always teasing me about how I like to be cozy. I can’t help it. I like soft comfy clothes. Fuzzy socks and flannel pajamas. Having “cozy date nights” where we get all snuggled up in bed under the covers and watch a movie in our room.

If I like all of this, why would I also not like foods that feel and smell comforting and make me feel cozy eating them? That is my reasoning for family pasta night. I’m not really sure what it is for the kids’, but they all seem to inhale dinner when we have pasta.

Often times it will be Spaghetti with my Best Ever Homemade Classic Marinara Sauce. I love that sauce recipe, but it takes all day to simmer, and sometimes that just isn’t in the cards for me.

So, I wanted to come up with another equally comforting Italian pasta dinner that I could cook up in the Instant Pot and wouldn’t require hours and hours of simmering. The kids also love Pot Roast, which usually takes a long time to cook as well.

In this beef ragu recipe, I decided to combine some of the flavors of both a rich tomato sauce served over pasta and the fall apart tender beef of a pot roast. And then cook it in the Instant Pot so it wouldn’t have to braise for 4+ hours.

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Beef Ragu Ingredients

This beef ragu recipe starts with quality ingredients:

  • Quality Chuck Roast
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh produce (onion, carrot, celery, garlic, thyme, and parsley)
  • Italian Red Wine
  • Pasta – look for fresh at your grocer
  • Red Gold Whole Peeled and Diced Tomatoes
  • Fresh Parmesan

I love to use Red Gold Tomatoes because they’re high quality and the freshest tasting canned tomatoes. Red Gold Tomatoes are Non-GMO project verified and packed in non-BPA lined canned.

I really appreciate companies that provide high quality ingredients that let me prepare great tasting food without having to work so hard. It leaves me with more time to focus on what is most important to me – and that is our family’s time together.

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Beef Ragu in an Instant Pot

  1. First, you’ll brown the roast on both sides until a nice crust is developed.
  2. Next, you’ll sauce the vegetables and the garlic.
  3. The wine deglazes the pan so you can get all of those good crusty browned bits that have tons of flavor. Simmer for a bit to reduce.
  4. And then you’ll add the broth, tomatoes, balsamic, bay leaves, and thyme.
  5. Then, cook in the instant pot until the meat is fall apart tender, about an hour.
  6. Shred the beef when it is done and serve it with pasta and plenty of parmesan cheese.

I usually like to use the time that it is cooking to get a few things checked off my list so after dinner I can spend time with the family.

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Can You Freeze Instant Pot Italian Beef?

Yes! This Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu is a great recipe for freezing. Let the beef cool completely, then transfer it in to freezer safe containers or freeze it flat in a zip top bag.

The portion size is up to you. For lunches, I recommend freezing in individual portions. I do not recommend freezing the pasta with this recipe as pasta becomes mushy when it is frozen and reheated.

Can I Make Beef Ragu in a CrockPot?

Yes, but I haven’t made this particular recipe in my CrockPot yet, so I can only give you rough estimations on cook times.

You will definitely need to cook the meat MUCH longer. I would aim for 6-8 hours total to get the meat tender enough to shred.

If it were me, I would probably start with 2 hours on high and do the rest on low. (I’m just going off of how long I normally would cook a roast in a CrockPot to get it very tender.)

Tips for Making Beef Ragu

Any red wine will work in this beef ragu recipe, but my personal favorites are Chianti or Sangiovese. Make sure to buy a red wine you’d actually drink and not a “cooking wine.”

For the best quality chuck roast, I recommend going to the meat counter at your local grocery store and purchasing a roast there. Sometimes the prepackaged roasts aren’t the best quality. Use your best judgement!

I touched on this above, but note that both the Italian beef itself and the prepared beef ragu pasta sauce can be frozen. So if you wind up with too much sauce, you can always freeze portions for later.

What to Serve with Beef Ragu

If you’re looking for side suggestions to go with this recipe, I recommend a big green salad. It doesn’t have to be fancy at all. We often use mixed greens, lettuce, cucumber, shredded carrot, and tomato for a basic side salad. Check out these 3 Simple Salad Dressing Recipes to go along with your salad.

Sometimes instead of a simple garden salad it is a Caesar salad, or sometimes a Copy Cat Olive Garden Salad is fun.

I also love this recipe for Italian Mixed Greens Salad with Prosciutto and Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette.

And if salads aren’t your family’s favorite, a simple side of Honey Roasted Carrots with Balsamic or Lemon Roasted Broccolini would also pair nicely with Instant Pot beef ragu.

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Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Yield: serves 10
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Chuck roast is cooked until tender with garlic, herbs, and plenty of tomatoes in this Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu with Pappardelle for a delicious and hearty family pasta night recipe.

Ingredients

For the Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu

  • 2 1/2 pounds Boneless Beef Chuck Roast
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion, diced
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Celery Stalk, sliced
  • 6 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup Red Wine, such as Chianti or Sangiovese
  • 1/4 cup double strength Beef Broth
  • 1 - 28 ounce can Red Gold Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 - 14 ounce can Red Gold Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar, optional
  • 3-4 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh Italian Parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pound Pappardelle, or preferred noodle
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 3/4 cup fresh grand Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Italian Parsley, finely chopped, for garnish

Instructions

For the Instant Pot Italian Beef Ragu

  1. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the instant pot cooking vessel. Heat the oil using the saute function.
  2. Pat the beef dry using a paper towel, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the beef to the instant pot, and brown for 4 - 5 minutes per side
  4. Once browned, remove using tongs and place on a plate.
  5. Repeat with remaining pieces.
  6. After browning all of the beef, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, if needed, and saute the onion for 2 minutes.
  7. Add the carrot, celery, garlic, and saute for an additional 2 minutes.
  8. Add the red wine, and stir to combine using a wooden spoon to scrape any of the browned bits from the bottom.
  9. Simmer the vegetable and wine mixture for 10 minutes, then return the beef to the pan along with any accumulated juices.
  10. Stir in the beef broth, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, thyme, and bay leaves.
  11. Place the lid on the instant pot, locking to secure it. Make sure the vent is set to the sealed position.
  12. Switch the Instant Pot to "pressure cook," on high and set for 60 minutes.
  13. After cooking for 60 minutes, allow the pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes (if you are new to Instant Pot, that means to just let it sit there and do nothing).
  14. After 10 minutes, switch the vent from seal to pressure release and release all of the remaining pressure before opening the lid.
  15. Remove and discard the thyme stems and the bay leaves. Using two forks, shred the beef, add the parsley, and stir it into the sauce.
  16. With the lid off, set the Instant Pot to "keep warm," while you cook the pasta.

For the Pasta

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Reserve 1/2 cup water before draining the pasta, then drain the pasta thoroughly.
  3. Return the pasta to the pot. Stir in the butter until melted.
  4. Then, add 6 tablespoons of parmesan cheese and gently combine.
  5. Stir in some of the reserved pasta water, as needed, to loosen the noodles.
  6. Serve pasta with the Italian Beef Ragu spooned over top. Garnish each bowl with the remaining parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of fresh parsley, if desired.

Notes

If this recipe makes too large a portion for your family, the beef ragu can be divided after cooking (before combining with the pasta) and frozen in portions. Simply cool the mixture first before freezing in your preferred freezer safe containers.

Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 540Total Fat 27gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 36g

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Anna

Sunday 4th of October 2020

I made this as written (I did leave out the optional balsamic), and my partner and I agree it was delicious and I will definitely make it again. Great comfort food.

Katie

Sunday 4th of October 2020

So glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Michelle

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Hi, I just ran across your recipe on Pinterest while looking for a recipe to use a chuck roast that wasn't pot roast. It looks good and can't wait to try it. Question...you don't mention cutting the roast into pieces, but in the step by step, you say to brown the roast, and then repeat with remaining pieces. So do I need to cut into pieces to get it to shreddable beef in the hour, or will the 1 hour time also do a whole roast and make it shreddable. Thank you! Now to look around your site and find more recipes.

Katie

Monday 31st of August 2020

Sorry that wasn't more clear. Depending on the roast, sometimes the shape is a little awkward to fit in the instant pot in one piece for browning so I'll cut it in half. I do think it shreds better when you cut it in half vs one large piece but either way works. If you can fit it all in as one piece then it is probably just fine!

Gina Hanna

Sunday 23rd of June 2019

My friend made this for a recent dinner we had and I LOVE IT!! I am dying to make it for my family but do not have an instant pot (trying NOT to buy another kitchen device!) Can this be made in a crockpot? How would you adjust? Thanks so much!!

Katie

Monday 24th of June 2019

Also, meant to say thank you so much for stopping by and your kind words. I'm glad you loved it! If you test it out in the crock pot, let me know because I'd love to hear how it went in case other readers ask the same question. Have a great day!

Katie

Monday 24th of June 2019

YES! It definitely can! You will just need to cook the meat MUCH longer. I would aim for 6-8 hours to get the meat tender enough to shred. If it were me I would probably start with 2 hours on high and do the rest on low. Sorry, I haven't done this one in the crockpot yet to test it out. I'm just going off of how long I normally would cook a roast in a crockpot to get it very tender. Of course all crockpots are different, so if you have a certain time and setting method that works well for you with a roast of this size start with that, but maybe add an hour longer to really get it to shred. One thing of note, however, is that you can swap out your crock pot for an instant pot because most instant pots also have a crock pot function. Just something to think about! I love the one I have because it has many features in one device. Here is the one I have: Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi Use - It has these functions: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer