A very easy/hands off pork ragu and my first attempt at homemade pappardelle pasta! Via Food52.
- 2 to 2 ½ pounds boneless pork shoulder roast, tied with twine if there are any loose pieces
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small pat butter
- 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, with juice
- 1 cup red wine
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 5 sprigs fresh oregano
- Small handful of fennel seeds
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce, for smokiness (Andy used Trader Joe’s Hot Chili Sauce, but Sriracha and Tabasco both work great, too) [I used Louisiana Hot Sauce.]
- Freshly grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 325° F. Liberally salt and pepper the pork roast. Add olive oil and butter to large Dutch oven and heat over medium-high until butter melts, but does not burn. Add pork roast to pan and brown on all sides, about 8 to 10 minutes in all.
- Add the onion and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, wine, thyme, oregano, fennel, and hot sauce and bring to a boil. Cover, and put in oven.
- Braise for 3 to 4 hours, turning every hour or so. Add more liquid (water, wine, or tomato sauce) if needed. (The liquid should come to about 1/3 of the way up the pork.) Meat is done when it’s practically falling apart. Put on a cutting board and pull it apart with two forks, then add back to pot and stir (or shred right in the pot).
- Cook 1 to 2 pounds pasta according to package directions. [I made my pasta from scratch, but your favorite dry or fresh noodle would be great!] When it’s is ready, put into individual bowls and top with ragu and lots of Parm. Alternately, toss the pasta with the ragu and a bit of pasta cooking water, as needed, and top with Parm.