Friday, November 11, 2011

Pork Ragu

Every once in a while a recipe in a magazine catches my attention, and this one for Pork Ragu came from the November 2011 issue of Women's Day. They wrote it up as a crock pot recipe, I just used a cast iron dutch oven (and boneless pork loin) and slow simmered it for about 2 1/2 hours on the stove.
Sure made the house smell good:@)
Pork Ragu
1-28 oz can whole tomatoes, drained
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4" pieces
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 C dry white wine
2 tsp dried oregano
Kosher salt and pepper (1/2 tsp each)
2 1/2 lb pork shoulder, trimmed and quartered
12 oz pappardelle or other wide noodles
1/2 C fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1/4 C grated Parmesan (1oz)
  1. In a 5-6 quart slow cooker add first 7 ingredients.
  2. Add pork, cook covered until the pork is cooked through and easily pulls apart. 6-8 hrs low or 4-5 hrs high.
  3. 20 minutes before serving, cook the pasta. 
  4. Break meat apart into smaller pieces and stir it back into the cooking liquid. Fold in parsley.
  5. Serve pork over pasta and sprinkle on Parmesan.
  • I used boneless pork loin and browned it in the pot first.
  • Instead of wine (which I didn't have) I used water and Chicken Better Than Bullion.
  • The sauce/broth was clear, so I added an 8 oz can of tomato sauce towards the end of cooking.
  • I also chose to add a can of rinsed cannelini beans. Sweet potatoes would be good in this dish too.
  • I forgot to add the parsley and thought I'd skip the Parm calories...
  • This is a very nice, easy, long cooking meal. I would make it again!
Have a happy day:@)


  1. This looks great! I'm always up for trying new pasta meals.

  2. I love my dutch oven! This looks yummy! Your picture is beautiful.
    I am bookmarking to make, just picked up pork loins on sale.

  3. Sounds really good on this crisp fall morning.

  4. Great photo Lynn! This cut of meat is one of my mom's favorites, I will be emailing it to her right now, thanks. xo

  5. What a perfect fall meal. There will be no hungry stomach when this is served. It really sounds perfect for a damp and chilly day. I hope you have a good weekend. Blessings...Mary

  6. Lynn, that photo makes me want to make this meal for my Dad. He loves pork ( sorry Earl) so this sounds and looks like his kind of food. The combination of spices and flavors is interesting. Thanks-------Shannon

  7. Hi Lynn, this sounds like a hearty, warmer upper comfort food. Love all the ingredients! Have a great weekend!

  8. Now that is how I like to cook. Forgot this, don't have that, used up something that was in the fridge.
    In the end the method creates a wonder dish that perfumes the air and has them lining up for dinner. Mmmm. Good.

  9. Sorry, am not well enough for this yet but know someone I can send over because they'd love it.

  10. That looks yummy. When I first read the title, I thought "Boy, she sure is slacking today. She's using canned spaghetti sauce (Ragu)." Guess that explains my lack of cooking skills!

  11. That's making me hungry! I wish I'd read this earlier- it would be simmering away right now. :)

  12. So fabulous it seems to glow! Love the photo effects. My mouth is watering and I am wishing you lived next door and had brought some over for me to try!

  13. I love this kind of dish that makes the house smell divine...and looks good too!

  14. That is a meal I KNOW my hubby will like! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!


  15. Absolutely perfect dish for these Fall days. I am anxious to try the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing Lynn.

  16. That looks delicious, Lynn! Have a delicious weekend - I'm sure you will!
    Hugs, Beth

  17. It sounds delish - but the way you have it placed is gorgeous. It looks like a sunflower. sandie

  18. Wholesome great dish and I am sure it tastes as good as it looks;)

  19. I saw this recipe in the magazine. Your's looks so delicious! I think they should put your picture in there!! Love the changes!!

  20. I have that issue of WD sitting under a pile of stuff right now since I subscribe. I don't know why I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

    That looks really yummy.

    I have a great crock pot. Unfortunately, the family around here is small than the size of the crock. I think I need to look for a smaller one, but I could just do this in a dutch oven like you.

  21. ummm, looks amazing, Lynn.
    Have a great weekend...
    xo bj

  22. Oh YUM!!!!
    How did you get that picture to turn out like that?

  23. That does sound great! I'm saving the recipe to try one day.

  24. Oh my goodness this looks amazing!
    What a great dish for colder days ahead...

    Have a blessed weekend
    Happy PS!

    Kay Ellen

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