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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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.

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.

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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HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT ITALIAN BEEF RAGU WITH PAPPARDELLE

This recipe starts with quality ingredients:

  • Quality Chuck Roast
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fresh produce for the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, thyme, and parsley
  • Italian Red Wine – something you’d actually drink, not “cooking 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.

  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.

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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Can You Freeze this 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.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH INSTANT POT ITALIAN BEEF RAGU WITH PAPPARDELLE

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.

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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 ServingCalories 540 Total Fat 27g Fiber 2g Sugar 4g Protein 36g
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