This is how you spell comfort food. Yeah. Up there. That.

Cabernet Braised Short Rib Beef Stew I

Spelling was my best subject in school so I would know. Right! I always killed it on spelling tests. Probably due to my spot-on memory. I remember

It really sucks for all the men in my life.

Math was my worst subject, coming in right ahead of science, economics, accounting and all things related to stuff like that.

I still stand by my key investment choices in the means of great shoes though.

One of the worst flaws I have is that if I’m not crazy nutso passionate about something? I just don’t do it. I mean, okay, I might DO it, but I put almost zero effort into it. Hence my lack of caring for numbers and math-related things. I don’t even remember what algebra IS. It’s bad.

This is good for projects and business related entrepreneurial things.

This is bad for real life like cleaning, laundry and eating vegetables.

Cabernet Braised Short Rib Beef Stew I

But hey! I have some vegetables here. Maybe. Like… a potato? Some parsley? Carrots? Whatevs.

It’s hasn’t even been that cold here this week but there is no way I’m missing out on obligatory soup weather. It could be this same temperature in April or May and this stew is appropriate NOW. The comfort food at it’s finest.

Eating food this delicious and soul warming just makes me happy.

It makes me feel good.

Cabernet Braised Short Rib Beef Stew I

And I’ve got a little infatuation with short ribs, which you might have known since I never shut up about these tacos. GAH. Those tacos. So delicious.

Short ribs are just so… so… rich. They are decadent and add so much more to plain old beef dishes. The outshine almost every pot roast or pulled beef recipe I can think of. It’s the one form of beef I want all the time. In everything.

Cabernet Braised Short Rib Beef Stew I

And yeah, I’m thinking that you probably can make this in the crockpot, but I’d still be sure to brown the ribs first. And don’t add the potatoes, carrots and slurry until an hour or two before serving? Oh and you may need to cut down on the wine a bit. But really. Sometimes there is just something about simmering a pot of soup on the stove all day. Besides the whole having to be worried that you might forget about it and burn your house down.

Other than that, it’s totally cozy.

Cabernet Braised Short Rib Beef Stew I


Braised Short Rib Stew

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 3 hours


8 beef short ribs (about 3 to 4 pounds)
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup dry red wine (I used cabernet)
12 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 sweet onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 large yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 cups low-sodium beef stock
2 cups cold water
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup sliced carrots
chopped fresh parsley


Season the short ribs with the salt and pepper. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once it's hot, add the short ribs and sear them until deeply golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add in 2/3 cup red wine and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes, the reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook the short ribs for 2 hours, checking on them occasionally. If the liquid cooks off, add more in the form of wine, beef stock or water just so there is a thin layer on the bottom of the pot.

After 2 hours, remove the ribs from the pot and place them in a bowl. There should be a bit of liquid left in the pot (if there seems to be a lot, drain some). Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the onions and garlic, stirring to toss. Cook for 5 minutes. Add the remaining wine and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove the beef from the ribs, discarding any large chunks of fat or gristle. Add the beef, beef stock and potatoes to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil then cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the potatoes just soften.

Place the cold water in a shaker bottle. Add the flour to the water and cover the bottle (or jar) and shake for 30 seconds to make a slurry. Add the carrots and the slurry to the stew and stir well. Increase the heat a bit until the stew is simmering. Let it cook for 30 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are softened. Taste and season additionally with salt and pepper if needed - this will depend on the sodium level of your stock.

Serve with freshly chopped parsley on top.

Cabernet Braised Short Rib Beef Stew I

It’s like a gigantic hug.

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102 Responses to “Braised Short Rib Beef Stew.”

  1. #
    Belinda@themoonblushbaker — January 16, 2014 @ 8:07 am

    This is a celebration of everything comforting and warming. I wish I had a pot full on my stove right now; even in Australian 30 degree Centigrade weather!

    I am the same. though out my uni days I really place no effort in assignments and projects. I got it done but my mood was like eh… Funny enough I went on to complete a honors; so all wells that ends well.


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    Matthew Horbund - mmwine — January 16, 2014 @ 8:08 am

    What an interesting and opportune post. I’m glad I saw it shared by Brian, as I wasn’t following you before he tweeted it!

    First, the recipe looks great, so I’ll give it a go. We live in Florida, and it’s our “cold spell” today and tomorrow, so this may fit perfectly with our freezing (ok, 35 degree) weather.

    Second, and more importantly, I woke up to my wife ranting at me about how I don’t like to paint and how she has to paint a new house we’re fixing up to rent on her own and blah blah blah…. After she calmed down and apologized, I read her your post. She said “wow, that’s my honey!” I too will do anything I can to avoid doing things I’m not absolutely passionate about. Even in wine, which *IS* my passion, if I’m not ready to shout about a wine from the rooftops, I have a hard time writing about it.

    Anyway, I’m glad I found you!! I will have to come back soon and see what other similarities we have :) Cheers!


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:58 pm

      haha! i can SO relate. :)


  3. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — January 16, 2014 @ 8:11 am

    I have never actually made short ribs but I lovelovelove ’em at restaurants!
    These needs to happen…with a glass of red wine. Or, maybe a bottle. That sounds better. This is the epitome of comfort and yum Jessica! Love it!
    P.s…same way as you in school. Math = no bueno. But I do remember everything.
    And, I have great shoes. Priorities.


  4. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — January 16, 2014 @ 8:38 am

    This looks amazing! I love braised short ribs. Also, I’m the same as you. If I don’t care about something, I give it a really weak effort but when I care…look out!


  5. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — January 16, 2014 @ 8:47 am

    Seriously, you have to make oxtail if you love short ribs. It’s like its even more amazing meat cousin! This looks delicious Jessica!


    • Liane — January 17th, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

      Ha! I was just thinking this as I read the recipe…and in London, you can get oxtail much more easily than short ribs. This will be made with the oxtail within the next few weeks…


  6. #
    jessica@stuckonsweet — January 16, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    I want it. I want it all! I am so into cozy soups these days as the weather is preeeeetty crappy in my neck of the woods. I’m a stove top “simmerer” as well. I love watching all the goodness come to life!


  7. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — January 16, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    Oh my gosh Jess, these pics are gorgeous! I love the darker, more cozy look and you have me wanting to eat this right now! It hasn’t been that cold here either but I’m in the mood for soup making this weekend. PS. Spelling was my best subject too!


  8. #
    8 — January 16, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    You had me at “short ribs.”


  9. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — January 16, 2014 @ 9:10 am

    Laughing at the “burn the house down comment”….because I totally set off the fire alarm last night and had 4 firemen in our apartment (apparently stovetop grilling indoors is a bad idea.) True story. Fortunately, I think this must smell so good cooking on the stove, I would watch over it like a hawk, praying for it to be done!


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

      omg. ha.


  10. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — January 16, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    A bowl of this stew right now would be perfect for this crummy day. This would be a great idea for a crockpot meal! Let it simmer all day since I unfortunately cannot leave my stove on while I’m not home. Now I just want to cozy up with a bowl and a book!


  11. #
    Tieghan — January 16, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    I am loving short ribs right now. They always turn out amazing every single time. I made some last week and am still thinking about them. HAha

    This stew looks awesome, Jessica!


  12. #
    we — January 16, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    How scrumptiously DIVINE! I need a humungous bowl of that soon. Very soon.

    And you’re my kinda gal, I am majorly mathematically challenged and pay no attention to anything closely related! :)

    Happy Thursday love!


  13. #
    Gaby — January 16, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    Just looking at this is 1000 times better than dining hall food. Wah.


  14. #
    Jillian — January 16, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    I LOVE short ribs but have never cooked them, but something about this recipe made me want to try. How many lbs. is 8 short ribs? I am trying to order them from an online service but only sold by the pound. Eek! Thank you in advance! :)


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

      i usually get around 3-4 pounds, but it really does depend on the bone! if you order them online, i’d try to get them from a really reputable source just because i can’t imagine not seeing how much meat is on the rib. you know??


      • Jillian — January 17th, 2014 @ 10:03 am

        Thanks!! :) I am ordering from Fresh Direct so it’s pretty reputable (atleast in the northeast)..but that was my issue, I hate not being able to “see” what I am buying. Maybe these are better bought in store!

  15. #
    Molly (Yes to Yolks) — January 16, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Love these pictures – especially the last one! Short ribs are one of my fav things on earth. They are so luscious and decadent…and beefy. Yum. I just recently made a grilled cheese stuffed with fontina and braised short rib (on the blog). It was insane. I’ll have to try them in stew – this version sounds amazing.


  16. #
    Kim in MD — January 16, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    That is one gorgeous bowl of stew. I love the photos with the empty bottle laying on the table! Let’s do the math (even though it was your worst subject)- one cup of wine for the stew, and the rest for the chef! I love it!


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

      haha now THAT is the best math, kim. :)


  17. #
    Amy — January 16, 2014 @ 10:27 am

    You and me both, Jessica. I’m horrible about not doing anything I’m not passionate about. Of course, that helps with some things, like jumping off of high places—crazy stuff like that. But when it comes to the normal responsibilities as you mentioned, especially grocery shopping. Totally ugh. On top of that, even if I’m interested in something, if I don’t think I can do it fairly well, I won’t even start. I’ll think about forever and a day, and then maybe when I have it totally worked out in my head, I MAY give it a go.

    This stew, I’ll totally give a go at it.


  18. #
    The Suzzzz — January 16, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    This makes me want to run right home and start cooking. *sigh* too bad I’m stuck at work until 5.


  19. #
    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — January 16, 2014 @ 11:08 am

    can I eat this with garlic bread? because I want to dunk a hunking piece of garlic bread into this immediately.


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:54 pm

      ummmmmmm duh.


  20. #
    Happy Valley Chow — January 16, 2014 @ 11:11 am

    Short ribs are definitely one of my favorite cuts, of course when they are cooked right. This stew looks and sounds absolutely amazing. Perfect for this time of year!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow


  21. #
    cheyenne — January 16, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    oh my gosh, this looks amazing. i’m cooking dinner for my boyfriend all week next week since he’s starting a new internship, i think this will make him very happy!
    xo, cheyenne


  22. #
    Allison @ Foodie Heart — January 16, 2014 @ 11:31 am

    Gahhhh these photos are gorgeous!


  23. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onions — January 16, 2014 @ 12:06 pm

    This is comfort at its finest!! I agree. I wasn’t very good at spelling, so i put my trust in you!


  24. #
    Kayley Maybe — January 16, 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    Sent this to my hubby, and his first comment was “Serves 4? Clearly she doesn’t know us!” Definitely making this over the weekend (along with 2 other recipes on my list from your site!)


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

      ha! my husband is the same. he pretty much ate it in one sitting.


  25. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — January 16, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

    I love braised short ribs! I officially need to make this.


  26. #
    Lisag — January 16, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    I can taste this now; mopped up with cornbread!!


  27. #
    Jenna — January 16, 2014 @ 12:56 pm

    Perfect winter meal!!!!


  28. #
    Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health — January 16, 2014 @ 1:08 pm

    I just found your blog through bloglovin’ and I LOVE it. Such a pretty blog with so much yummy food.. keep up the great work :)


  29. #
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 16, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    Wishing I could I could reach through the computer and steal that bowl. Looks phenomenal.


  30. #
    Heather — January 16, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

    It’s the height of soup season, and I believe you nailed it with this stew! I can’t wait to try it out in my new crock pot, thanks for the pointers!!


  31. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — January 16, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

    You’re making it increasingly difficult for me to eat vegan this month.


  32. #
    Sylvia — January 16, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    I remember a while back my sister ordered short ribs at a restaurant. It was one of the priciest item on the menu. So, I decided that I would have to try to make them myself. Was not impressed. Must have done something wrong because this dish of yours looks fabulous! Maybe I’ll have to try it again.


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

      i am weird about ordering short ribs out too – i haven’t had some of the best experiences. probably because i just want to make them shredded and pulled and not eat them any other way! if you make them at home, i bet you will enjoy them.


  33. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — January 16, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    I’m typically not much of a soup person, probably because it doesn’t get that cold where I live. But you’re photos are killing me. Like, died and gone to heaven because this stew looks so incredible. :)


  34. #
    allison — January 16, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    OMG, yum! I think I’m the last person on the planet who doesn’t have a slow cooker (I know, I know, I need one); I just finished a 4-day batch of beef stew, but looks like will use this recipe to make more this weekend – because stew simmering all day on a Sunday is pretty much the best!

    Love short ribs; we have a local pub that makes short rib poutine (hearts, canada), and I’ve wanted to re-create it. It’s pretty much perfect.


  35. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — January 16, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks sooooo good! Perfect comfort food indeed!


  36. #
    Erin — January 16, 2014 @ 5:25 pm

    I know what I am cooking this Sunday! This may seem like a strange question, but did you get these dishes from World Market? The have been on my wish list for over a year now! Absolutely beautiful meal and photos.


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

      i wish! we don’t have a world market. got them from target, probably a year or so ago.


  37. #
    Larry — January 16, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    That looks fucking amazing.


  38. #
    Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine — January 16, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

    1. This looks incredible and I want to make some RIGHTFRIGGINNOW.
    2. Ever since you posted about your bar cart I’ve been DYING for one of my own. For Christmas I got an Amazon gift card and the exact bar cart you got was on sale for under $40 so I got it :D Excited to put together my little apartment bar!

    ^^you should tell the bar cart people you helped them make a sale. Maybe they’ll give you the gold cart of your dreams in return :)


    • Jessica — January 16th, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

      omg that is awesome! i want to see a pic. :)


  39. #
    Helen @ Scrummy Lane — January 16, 2014 @ 7:28 pm

    Stews like this are always yummy when the meat is slow-cooked. Not sure I’ve ever tried short ribs, unless they have a different name in the UK (very possible!) But from the comments above it sounds like I have to try them!


  40. #
    Mariah and Coty@quirksandtwists — January 16, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    This is what I call comfort in a bowl!


  41. #
    Genn — January 16, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    That looks so delicious! And perfect for the cold weather.


  42. #
    Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes — January 16, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

    I could really go for some of this right now! Such a good meal for this cold spell we’re having right now!


  43. #
    Tracy | Pale Yellow — January 16, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

    Everyone is a math person! this looks like an awesome, grown-up dinner party recipe, I’m excited!


  44. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — January 16, 2014 @ 10:30 pm

    Yum! Looks so delicious and definitely cozy! Lee loves braised ribs so he would be all over this!


  45. #
    Meg — January 17, 2014 @ 12:21 am

    Oh my gawd. YUM. I am making this over the weekend.


  46. #
    Judy — January 17, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    What meat can I use instead and what can I use instead of wine? Otherwise it looks ‘licious.


  47. #
    angela@spinachtiger — January 17, 2014 @ 9:24 am

    Lovely pictures. Perfect comfort food and I always think that wine makes the food with meat in it so much better too.


  48. #
    Lynda — January 17, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    Do you have any other short rib recipes? I am making them this weekend and I looked on your site, but there’s no way to “search” your recipes (something you should add, it would be very helpful)?


    • Lynda — January 17th, 2014 @ 9:43 am

      Nevermind, I think I’m going to just try this recipe (this Sunday while watching foodball)!!!!!! But, I would like to know if you have other short rib recipes for later…………..


    • Jessica — January 17th, 2014 @ 9:52 am

      the tacos that i mention above are made with short ribs:

      there are two ways to search my recipes: there is a “search” bar on the right sidebar of the site and if you go to the recipe index tab at the top, you can click on the “beef” tab and it will bring everything with beef up.


      • Lynda — January 17th, 2014 @ 10:27 am

        Yeah, I’m not a taco person. I did see that one. I looked for a search area on your page but couldn’t find one. I did go to the beef category and saw the only one you had was the taco’s, just didn’t know if I was looking in the right place. Thanks for answering! Like I said, I’m going to try the stew Sunday!!!

  49. #
    Mimi — January 17, 2014 @ 3:25 pm

    Ironically, you spelled entrepreneurial wrong! Hey it’s just a typo, but I thought you’d want go know. This stew is how you spell comfort! Short ribs are the best.


  50. #
    Chels R. — January 17, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

    Jessica, this looks completely amazing!



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