Short Ribs Braised with Mushrooms and Tomatoes


The short ribs are slowly braised with easy-to-find dried porcini mushrooms (for real, ask someone at the fancy grocery store and they'll find them for you!) until they turn into a triumph of fork-tender goodness. I love these short ribs over mashed potatoes, but the rich tomato and mushroom gravy is fantastic over soft polenta as well. I really hope you give this cool weather wonder a try.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
8 servings


  • ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 ½ pounds beef short ribs

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Combine mushrooms and water in a bowl; soak until mushrooms are rehydrated, about 30 minutes. Drain mushrooms and reserve liquid; dice mushrooms.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  3. Season short ribs all over with salt and black pepper.

  4. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook short ribs in hot oil until browned on all sides, 7 to 12 minutes. Transfer ribs to a Dutch oven.

  5. Return skillet to heat and saute onion with a pinch of salt in hot pan until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute more. Stir mushrooms into onion mixture.

  6. Pour reserved mushroom liquid into skillet and bring to a boil while scraping the browned bits of food off of the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Stir beef broth, tomato sauce, rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf into onion mixture.

  7. Pour tomato mixture over short ribs into Dutch oven and cover Dutch oven with a lid.

  8. Cook short ribs in the preheated oven until short ribs are fork-tender, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
30g Fat
6g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 12g 58%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 557mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 298mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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