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Instant Pot® Italian Short Ribs

  • 15 min
    Prep Time
  • 1 hr 15 min
    Total Time
  • 4 people
  • 605 per 1 serving


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 pounds beef short rib, cut to 2-3-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces pancetta, cubed
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 28 ounces canned whole tomatoes, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Pacific Foods® Low Sodium Organic Beef Broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 fresh bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves


  • Step 1

    On a large platter, combine the flour with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Dredge the ribs in the flour mixture. 

  • Step 2

    Select Saute setting on Instant Pot and add the oil. When the oil is shimmering, and working in batches, sear the ribs until browned all over. Remove from the Instant Pot and set aside. 

  • Step 3

    Add the pancetta and cook until crisp, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the onions and carrots and cook until soft, another 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomato paste and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the wine and bring to a boil. Add the broth, tomatoes, vinegar, remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and the oregano. Stir to combine. Nestle the seared ribs and herbs into the sauce. 

  • Step 4

    Lock the lid into place and then select Pressure Cook on High and set the timer for 40 minutes. Make sure the venting valve is closed. 

  • Step 5

    Once finished pressure cooking, allow to steam naturally for 10 minutes, and then release the remaining steam by turning the steaming valve to open. Remove the ribs and select Saute and bring the sauce to a simmer. Use a spoon or small ladle to remove grease that is pooling along the side of the pot. Serve ribs over warmed polenta or mashed potatoes with sauce drizzled on top.

Calories 605
Total Fat 28 g
Sat. Fat 8.6 g
Trans Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 172 mg
Sodium 1487 mg
Total Carb 30 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugar 8 g
Protein 51 g
Vitamin D 1 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 42 %DV
Potassium 22 %DV

This nutritional information refers to each serving of the entire recipe and not just the products used as ingredients.