Braised Short Ribs with Acorn Squash

Braised beef short ribs with maple glazed roasted acorn squash and green beans.

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Braised Short Ribs & Acorn Squash

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: acorn, acorn squash, butternut squash, short ribs
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 5 meals
Author: Bobby Parrish

Tender braised beef short ribs with maple roasted acorn squash and green beans.



For the short ribs:

  • 5 short ribs bone in or boneless
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup red wine like pinot noir, shiraz, or merlot
  • 1 quart low sodium beef stock or broth chicken stock also works
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper

For the acorn squash:

  • 2 acorn squash quartered and seeded
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

For the green beans:

  • 1 pound of fresh green beans
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • ½ teaspoon stone ground or Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoon toasted & chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley chopped


  1. Season the short ribs with a generous pinch of salt and pepper all over every side of the ribs. Pre-heat a large, heavy bottom wide pot over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of oil. Sear the ribs for 2 minutes on all sides, making sure not to wiggle and touch them while they are searing. If your pot is not large enough, sear the ribs in batches, if you overcrowd the pot the ribs will boil in their juices and not sear. Remove ribs from pot once all sides have been seared.
  2. Pour out all but 2 tablespoons of fat from the pot and add the onions and next 2 ingredients along with ½ teaspoon of salt and a couple cracks of pepper. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic, thyme, and cook another 3 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook another 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the wine and cook until almost all of it has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Place the ribs back in the pot and pour enough beef stock to almost cover the ribs. If you don’t have enough beef stock you can use water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and give the liquid a taste, it will almost certainly need at least 1 teaspoon of salt and some pepper. Place a lid on the pot and simmer on low for 2-2.5 hours until the beef is very tender and the meat has really pulled away from the bones.
  3. While the meat is cooking, start the acorn squash by pre-heating the oven to 425 degrees F. Carefully insert an 8 inch knife in the middle of the squash and then use a rolling pin to tap the knife through the squash. Scoop out the seeds and place the squash on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper, flesh side up. In a small bowl, whisk the maple syrup, cumin, smoked paprika, cinnamon, and olive oil. Drizzle some olive oil over the flesh of the squash, pinch over some salt, and pour the glaze all over. Try to brish the edges and let the excess sit in the cavity of the squash. Roast in the oven for 45-55 minutes until the flesh is nicely browned. To check for doneness, insert a small knife in the squash, it should go in and out with relative ease.

  4. For the green beans, bring a pot a water to a boil. Trim off the ends of the green beans if needed. Add one teaspoon of salt to the boiling water and boil the green beans for exactly 2 minutes. Drain the beans and immediately place them in a strainer basket that is sitting in a large bowl filled with ice water. Make sure all the beans are covered in ice water and let them sit there for 1 minute, or until cool to the touch. Remove beans from ice water, shake off excess water, and place in a medium size bowl.
  5. Make the lemon dressing by combining the lemon zest and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl along with ¼ teaspoon salt and a couple cracks of pepper. Whisk well until the dressing thickens up. Season the cooked green beans with ¼ teaspoon salt, a couple cracks of pepper, and pour over the dressing. Toss well then add the walnuts and parsley, toss again. Check for seasoning, you may need more lemon juice.

Recipe Notes

961 calories per meal
65.4 grams of fat per meal
35 grams of protein per meal
5.6 grams of fiber per meal

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