Short Ribs Arrabbiata over Polenta


Try cooking short ribs in a slow cooker for fall-apart tender results. This easy short ribs recipe is begging to be served over polenta to soak up the arrabbiata sauce.

Short Ribs Arrabbiata over Polenta
Prep Time:
1 day 16 hrs
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
1 day 22 hrs


  • 4 slices pancetta or bacon, chopped

  • 3 pound boneless beef short ribs

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 28 ounce can Italian-style whole peeled tomatoes in puree, cut up

  • ¼ cup dry red wine

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 3 ¾ cup water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup quick-cooking polenta or cornmeal

  • ¾ cup finely shredded Romano cheese

  • 2 tablespoon snipped fresh basil or parsley


  1. In a large skillet, cook pancetta until crisp; use a slotted spoon to remove from skillet. Sprinkle beef with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Brown ribs on all sides in hot drippings. Remove beef from skillet. Cook onion and garlic in hot drippings until tender; drain fat.

  2. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, place pancetta, onion, garlic, and beef ribs. Add undrained tomatoes, red wine, basil, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and crushed red pepper.

  3. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

  4. In a large saucepan, bring the water and 1/2 teaspoon salt to boiling. Stir in polenta. Reduce heat. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese and basil.

  5. Serve polenta in shallow bowls topped with short ribs and sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

882 Calories
68g Fat
39g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 882
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 68g 87%
Saturated Fat 30g 150%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 1050mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 11.8mg 59%
Calcium 181.7mg 14%
Iron 4.5mg 25%
Potassium 662mg 14%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 4.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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