Short Ribs with Cheesy Polenta

Put the beef, vegetables, and sauce ingredients in the slow cooker and let it do all the work. Right before dinner, just make the polenta and your meal is done.

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Short Ribs with Cheesy Polenta
Makes: 6  servings Prep 40 mins Start to Finish 11 hrs 40 mins


  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups  frozen pearl onions (from a 16-ounce bag)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 pounds  bone-in beef short ribs
  • 1 tablespoon  vegetable oil
  • 1 14 1/2ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup  low-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup  dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup  coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons  tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup  quick-cooking polenta
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 cup  finely shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano


1. Combine carrot, onions and garlic in a 6-quart slow cooker.

2. Rinse ribs and pat dry; season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, wide pot over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add ribs, in batches, and cook, turning, until browned on all sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer, as cooked, to slow cooker.

3. Stir together tomatoes, broth, wine, parsley, cornstarch and tomato paste in a bowl; pour over ribs. Add bay leaf. Cover and cook, 9 to 11 hours on low or 4-1/2 to 5-1/2 hours on high. Skim off any fat from top (discard bay leaf).

4. Combine 3-3/4 cups water, the polenta and salt in a large saucepan over moderately high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes.

5. Serve ribs over polenta and garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 6
  • cal.(kcal)480,
  • Fat, total(g)15,
  • chol.(mg)75,
  • sat. fat(g)6,
  • carb.(g)51,
  • fiber(g)7,
  • pro.(g)32,
  • sodium(mg)696,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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