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Fall apart tender, shredded beef in a rich, fire-roasted tomato sauce that is tossed with pappardelle pasta and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese. The ultimate comfort dish made easily in your Instant Pot! #ragu #pappardelle #instantpot #comfortfood #easyrecipes | https://withpeanutbutterontop.com

Instant Pot Beef Ragu Pappardelle

Super tender and juicy beef in a rich, fire-roasted tomato sauce tossed in pappardelle pasta and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Very easy to make for how incredibly delicious this dish is!
Course Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Beef Ragu, Beef Ragu Pappardelle, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Beef Ragu Pappardelle
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Pot to Pressure 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Calories 699kcal
Author Samantha Buckner


Instant Pot:

  • 1 1/2 lb chuck roast, cut into 4-6 equally-sized pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14.5 ounce cans) fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup unsalted beef broth, or beef stock *SEE NOTES BELOW
  • 1 (6 ounce can) no salt added tomato paste
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp salt, more or less, to taste *SEE NOTES BELOW
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, more or less - to taste
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme

To Serve:

  • 8.8 oz pappardelle, cooked according to package directions
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • freshly chopped parsley


  • Select the 'Saute' option on the Instant Pot and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. 
  • While the pot is heating, season the beef pieces with the garlic powder, as well as salt and pepper (both to taste).
  • Once the oil is heated, add the beef to sauté. You will need to work in two batches. Sear for 3-4 minutes and flip to sear the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes. 
  • Remove the beef to a plate and set aside.
  • If needed, add 1 extra tablespoon of olive oil to the pot to warm. Add the diced onions, shredded carrots, and minced garlic. Sauté 3-4 minutes or until the onions are translucent. 
  • Pour in the beef broth to deglaze the pot. Using a wooden spoon, scrap or rub along the bottom of the pot to remove any and all brown bits. This will help to prevent the pot from shutting off to a 'Burn' notification.
  • Add the beef back to the pot (with the juices), along with the tomatoes, tomato paste, and seasonings. Stir well to incorporate. Place the bay leaves on top.
  • Place the lid on, close, and set the valve to the sealed position.
  • Select the 'Meat/Stew' option for the 35 minutes. It will take 9-10 minutes for the pot to come to pressure before the timer starts.
  • Once the timer goes off after cooking, allow for a 10 minute natural release, followed by a safe quick release to remove any pressure still remaining in the pot.
  • During the last 15 minutes (5 of cooking, 10 of natural release), cook the pappardelle according to the package directions.
  • Remove bay leaves and discard. Remove the beef to a plate and shred with two forks. Hit 'Cancel' on the pot and then the 'Saute' button. Stir the sauce and add in the cooked pappardelle.
  • Allow the pasta to cook in the sauce for 2-3 minutes, stirring, until the sauce has thickened. Add the shredded beef back to the pot to re-warm, stirring gently.
  • Serve garnished with freshly grated parmesan cheese and freshly chopped parsley.


SODIUM: If using regular beef broth, adjust the salt added. This recipe uses unsalted tomato paste and unsalted beef broth. Using regular of either will increase the sodium of this recipe, so season to taste.
PAPPARDELLE: If you cannot find this pasta, you can use Tagliatelle or Fettuccine.
COOK TIME: If cooking on the stove top or slow cooker, cooking times will vary. Cook on low until the beef has reached desired tenderness. It should shred easily using two forks. It may take 2 1/2  to 3 hours to tenderize.
BURN NOTIFICATION: If your pot shuts off or your receive a burn notification while sautéing the onions and carrots - relax! Just pour in the beef broth and scrap the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon to remove all brown bits. Then turn the pot back to 'Sauté'.


Serving: 1serving, - of 4 servings | Calories: 699kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 169mg | Sodium: 1338mg | Potassium: 1677mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 4850IU | Vitamin C: 7.9mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 7.4mg