Braised Pork Ragu with Pappardelle

Another winner from the Dinner A Love Story cookbook, which needs to be saved.

Braised Pork Ragu with Pappardelle

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 35 minutes


  • 2 to 2-1/2 lb. Boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 small Onion
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 2 TBSP Olive oil
  • 1 small pat Butter
  • 1 28oz. can Whole tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup Red wine
  • 5 sprigs Fresh thyme
  • 5 sprigs Fresh oregano
  • Small handful Fennel seeds
  • 1 TBSP Hot sauce, for smokiness (I used Tabasco)
  • Pappardelle (or Fettuccine)
  • Freshly grated parmesean


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Liberally salt and pepper the pork roast.
  2. Add 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 8-10 minutes in all.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add tomatoes, wine, thyme, oregano, fennel, and hot sauce and bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, and put in oven. Braise for 3-4 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.)
  5. 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 the pot and stir.
  6. Cook pasta according to package. When it\'s ready, put into individual bowls and top with the pork and lots of parmesan.

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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