Braised Beef Short Rib Soup With Noodles

Braised Beef Short Rib Soup With Noodles in a bowl with a spoon

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 4 hrs 20 mins
Total: 4 hrs 50 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
659 Calories
29g Fat
52g Carbs
44g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 659
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 856mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1202mg 26%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for beef short rib soup involves braising the succulent short ribs until the meat falls off the bone, then adding dried egg noodles to the cooking liquid to make soup. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds beef short ribs

  • 1 large onion, peeled

  • 2 large celery stalks

  • 3 carrots, peeled

  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 2 to 3 dried bay leaves

  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes

  • 2 quarts beef stock

  • 1/2 cup red wine

  • 2 to 3 cups uncooked egg noodles

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Braised Beef Short Rib Soup With Noodles ingredients

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  2. Preheat oven to 300 F. Chop onion, and slice celery into roughly same size pieces as onion.

    Chopped celery and onions on a cutting board

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  3. Cut carrots lengthwise, then slice them into half-moons — again, about same size as onion and celery.

    Chopped onions, celery and carrots on a cutting board

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  4. Generously season beef short ribs with Kosher salt.

    Salted beef short rib on a plate

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  5. In a large Dutch oven or heavy, oven-proof soup pot, brown beef on all sides over high heat in a small amount of oil. Remove beef from pot and set aside.

    Beef short rib cooking in a blue Dutch oven

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  6. Add carrot, celery, onion, and garlic and sauté in resulting beef juices until slightly browned.

    Carrot, celery, onion, and garlic cooking in a blue Dutch oven

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  7. Add wine and use a wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula to loosen all the brown bits (called fond) from bottom of pan.

    Vegetables with wine cooking in a blue Dutch oven, while mixed with a black spoon

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  8. Add tomatoes, bay leaves, and browned beef. Add stock. If there's not enough liquid to cover meat, add water until ribs are just submerged.

    Vegetables, beef short rib, tomatoes, stock and bay leaves in a blue Dutch oven

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  9. Bring to a boil, then cover with a tightly fitting lid and transfer to oven.

    Braised beef short rib soup cooking in a covered Dutch oven

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  10. Let beef braise untouched for 4 hours. Remove pot from oven and carefully remove beef ribs from braising liquid.

    Braised beef short rib soup in a Dutch oven

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  11. Pull meat off bones (it should pretty much just fall right off) and chop it against grain into small pieces. Set aside.

    Beef short rib meat removed from the bone on a cutting board

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  12. Add noodles to braising liquid and simmer over medium heat for about 8 minutes or until noodles are tender. Turn off heat.

    Braised Beef Short Rib Soup With Noodles cooking in a Dutch oven with a spoon

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  13. Add beef and stir until meat is heated through. Season to taste with kosher salt and black pepper. Serve hot.

    Braised Beef Short Rib Soup With Noodles in a Dutch oven with a wooden spoon

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Tips

  • For best results, ask your butcher to cut the short ribs down to about 2 inches long (if they aren't already). This helps make them fit in your pot better, and exposes an additional cross-section of bone, which adds more flavor.
  • Beef short ribs are a terrific dish to make in advance because the flavors continue to develop overnight. Let the pot cool, then refrigerate. The next day, when you're ready to make the soup, peel the solidified fat off the top, remove the ribs and pull the meat off the bones while you bring the liquid back to a simmer. Then add the noodles and, at the very end, the meat, until heated through, and serve.
  • You can also add a handful of frozen peas at the end.