Instant Pot Beef Ragù With Pappardelle


This savory meat sauce is a dream with pasta, polenta, potatoes, and more.

Instant Pot Beef Ragù With Pappardelle
Prep Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins

A pressure cooker can save dinner in an instant, and save you lots of time, too. This chunky ragú is entirely made in an InstantPot or electric pressure cooker with chuck roast, canned tomatoes, and aromatic onion and thyme. The result is tender and rich beef that’s shredded after cooking to create a textured sauce to coat ribbons of pasta. But don’t stop there. This ragú is incredibly versatile. Serve it on creamy polenta, mashed potatoes, or with rice, black beans, and fried plantains.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 5 sprigs thyme

  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 3/4 cup red wine or beef broth

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 12 oz. pappardelle pasta

  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. Select sauté setting on a 6-quart multicooker. Add oil to pot. When oil is hot, add beef; cook until browned on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add onion, thyme, and crushed red pepper to pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and vinegar, scraping up browned bits on bottom of pot. Bring to a simmer. Simmer until reduced slightly, about 4 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and salt. Return beef and any juices to cooker. Press cancel.

  3. Lock lid in place and turn steam release handle to sealing position. Cook on high pressure for 35 minutes.

  4. Cook pasta on stove according to package directions for al dente.

  5. Carefully quick-release pressure. Use tongs to remove and discard thyme. Shred beef in pot using 2 forks.

  6. Select Sauté setting and bring sauce to a simmer. Simmer until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Add pasta; cook, tossing often, until sauce clings to pasta, 1 to 2 minutes. Serve topped with cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

878 Calories
40g Fat
54g Carbs
67g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 878
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g 52%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 252mg 84%
Sodium 637mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 67g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 77mg 6%
Iron 8mg 45%
Potassium 944mg 20%

*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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