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Braised Beef Shank Pasta

Braised beef shank pasta is easily one of my favorite things I’ve ever made, and wonderfully easy to make! This recipe for a fantastic beef shank pasta is comfort-food reinvented.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: dinner, lunch, Main
Keyword: beef shank pasta, beef shanks, braised beef shank pasta, braised beef shanks, how to braise beef, how to braise meat
Servings: 8
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Honest and Tasty


  • 4 Bone-In Beef Shanks
  • 4 tablespoons Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Sea Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes 1 can
  • 1 ½ cups Water
  • 16 oz Fettuccine Pasta 1 package
  • Parmesan to top the pasta
  • Red Chili Flakes optional
  • Chopped Parsley optional


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF (177ºC).
  • To a large and heavy oven safe/cast iron pot over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of ghee.
  • When oil starts glistening and gets hot, add the beef shanks without crowding them.
  • Brown on each side.
  • Remove the beef shanks to a plate when browned. Work in batches, adding the rest of the ghee as needed.
  • Turn heat to medium and add the chopped onion, salt, pepper, and turmeric. Mix for about two minutes with a wooden spatula.
  • Mix in the crushed tomatoes and use your wooden spatula to help deglaze the bottom of the pot.
  • Turn the heat off.
  • Add the beef shanks back in with all its juices from the plate.
  • Add the bones. Move the ingredients around in the pot to coat the beef shanks with the tomato sauce.
  • Add the water. The water should almost completely cover the beef shanks.
  • Add a heavy and secure lid to the pot, and place it in the oven for 3 ½ hours. After 1 ½ hours, take the pot out and quickly make sure there’s still water in the pot so that your beef shanks do not burn. Add more water if necessary and place the lid back on. Put the pot back in the oven for the remaining time. The beef shanks should be very tender.
  • Once the beef shanks are ready, make the fettuccine pasta by boiling a large pot of water, adding plenty of salt, and adding in the pasta.
  • Cook until al dente (they should still have a bit of a bite to them).
  • Remove the bones from the beef shank pot and enjoy the marrow with a fork and nothing else. You can also add the marrow back into the beef shanks if you’d rather.
  • Discard the bones.
  • Toss the pasta into the pot of beef shanks.
  • Top with parmesan cheese, and maybe some chopped parsley and some red chili flakes. Enjoy!

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    Note: If you don’t have a heavy cast iron/oven safe pot with a heavy, secure lid, you can use a pressure cooker instead. Just skip the oven part and cook for about 30 min under pressure, or until tender.


    Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 908mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg