Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash

Slow braised beef short ribs with cheesy mash

Slow braised beef short ribs in a rich gravy with mushrooms and herbs served with cheesy mash is the ultimate comfort food and perfect to make ahead. 
Course Dinner, Stew
Cuisine American
Keyword beef short ribs, beef stew, Braised beef short ribs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 663kcal
Author Alida Ryder


  • 2 kg/4 pounds beef shortribs (I prefer using bone-in short ribs cut into smaller pieces but you can use larger pieces as well)
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 3 carrots peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour (optional)
  • 2 pieces fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup tomato puree/passata
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups red wine
  • 500 g/1 pound mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the cheesy mash

  • 1 kg/2 pounds potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC/320ºF. 
  • Season the short ribs generously. In a large, oven-proof lidded pot, heat a splash of olive oil then sear the beef ribs until well-browned on all sides. 
  • Remove from the pot and set aside. Add the onions, carrots and celery and cook until soft and translucent. 
  • Add the garlic and herbs then cook for another 30 seconds before adding the flour. 
  • Stir to coat the vegetables in the flour then add the wine and stock. Allow to come to a simmer then add the tomatoes and beef short ribs back to the pot. Season well then cover and place in the oven. Allow to braise for 2-3 hours or until the ribs are soft. Add the mushrooms and braise for another 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning and serve. 
  • To make the cheesy mashed potatoes, Cook the potatoes in a large pot of salted water until they can easily be pierced with a sharp knife. 
  • Mash the potatoes with the butter and milk then add the cheese and season to taste. 
  • Serve cheesy mash with braised short ribs. 


Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 539mg | Potassium: 2221mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5410IU | Vitamin C: 26.6mg | Calcium: 211mg | Iron: 11.7mg