Pat dry beef and generously sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy bottom pot, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over high heat. Add beef and sear each side until very browned, then remove from heat and transfer to a plate; work in batches if needed.
Turn heat down to medium and add remaining tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and sauté for about a minute, then add onion and continue sautéing for another minute. Then, deglaze the pot by adding ½ cup beef broth and simmer for about one minute (scraping with a wooden spoon to loosen any browned bits that might be stuck on). Add carrots and celery and sauté for around 3-5 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients to the pot: canned crushed tomatoes, remaining beef broth, water, Italian herb blend, bay leaves, granulated white sugar, salt, black pepper and bring to a slight simmer. Return beef and juices to the pot, then cover and lower heat to low and let cook slowly for 3 hours or until beef tender to shred.
When beef tender, remove from pot and shred using two forks. Then, return shredded beef to the pot and stir in. Add in cooked Pappardelle pasta and toss to coat in sauce. Serve with fresh parmigiano-reggiano cheese and enjoy!