Short Rib Sunday Sauce

Picture this. It's a crisp, cool Autumn Sunday. You've just gone for a nice long walk, and as you walk into the house you're engulfed by the deep, rich smell of a meaty, slow-cooked tomato sauce bubbling away on the stove. You toss it with your favorite pasta and carry it out to the dining table, where your family is gathered, chatting loudly and passing the salad and bread. You set the pasta on the table, and your family digs in, spooning big piles of noodles and sauce onto their plates. Suddenly the conversation stops. You look around and everyone is lost in their bowls, slurping the noodles and sopping up sauce with bread. Some have their eyes closed. Others have sauce All. Over. Their. Faces. You smile. This. This is what Sundays are for.

This recipe calls for my Italian Countryside Spice Blend, which is a combination of porcini mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion, salt and pepper. It adds a surprising depth of flavor and a richness that will surprise you, even in a meat-packed, slow-cooked sauce like this one. You can get yours here.

Now let's get cooking, shall we?

Short Rib Sunday Sauce

Serves 8-10