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Pork Ragu with a Rich Tomato Sauce

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This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.

This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. 

Sometimes you really need a big pot of comfort food you know? We are big fans of comfort food in this house as you might have gathered if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time! Whether it’s quick and easy like this five ingredient beef ragu with creamy polenta or something perfect for Sunday dinner like sausage and bean stew with breadcrumb topping.

This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.

We were on holiday last week with my family which was brilliant because it meant I got to spend a few days with my lovely niece. She’s 18 months old and is simply gorgeous. I love her so much and the brilliant news is I’ve got a nephew on the way in November as well, another baby to love, I’m so excited!

Anyway, while we were away Will and I decided to cook dinner for my family and we went with a rich pork ragu over pasta. The sauce we used is one we’ve used for duck ragu in the past but we managed to get some lovely local Norfolk pork and the flavour once it was cooked into the sauce was just insane!

This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner. This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.

The tomato sauce is based on the one from the Polpo cookbook which is one of my all time favourite cookbooks (find all my favourite cookbooks>> here). We’ve made it several times before, it’s actually one of the only recipes we’ve made more than once. Not that we don’t make loads of nice recipes but there’s always so many new things to try cooking that we tend not to repeat things unless they’re really really good.

This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.

Normally when we do this with duck we slowly cook duck legs in the oven and the sauce on the hob before combining them both shortly before serving. For the pork we decided to do it a bit differently. First we browned the pork joint over a high heat on the hob until the outside was crispy and brown.

This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner. This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.

While that was browning we also made the tomato sauce. Once that had cooked on the hob for about half an hour we put the pork in the sauce and cooked the whole thing in the oven for a couple of hours. Once it was finished cooking we just shredded the pork and served it over pasta with a little parmesan grated on top. Perfect.

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This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.
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Rich Pork Ragu

This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 424 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

For the Sauce

  • 100 ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 1 clove Garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • Small pinch Chilli Flakes
  • 750 g Tomatoes chopped
  • 3 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • Pinch of Caster Sugar if necessary

For the Pork

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1.5 kilo Pork Shoulder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/320°F. Heat half the oil in a large saucepan with the onion, garlic, salt, pepper and chilli over a medium heat for about 15 minutes. Add the rest of the oil and fresh tomatoes and cook for another 15 minutes. Add the tinned tomatoes and bring to a simmer for another 10 minutes or so until the sauce has begun to reduce.

  2. While the sauce is cooking thoroughly cover the pork joint in salt and pepper. Heat the oil over a medium-high heat and then brown the pork all over.
  3. Once the sauce is made and the meat has been browned place the pork into the sauce and place in the oven, covered, for 2-3 hours until the pork is falling apart.

  4. Shred the pork and stir into the sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi.

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Nutrition Facts
Rich Pork Ragu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 705mg 29%
Potassium 843mg 24%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 21%
Vitamin C 24.1%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 12.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

Casserole Dish       Ladle


This rich pork ragu has a fantastically indulgent sauce. Serve over pasta, polenta or gnocchi for a perfect weekend dinner.

 

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Yvonne
    19/07/2016 at 9:38 PM

    Sounds delis.

  • Reply
    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    10/10/2017 at 9:31 AM

    Just wow. It looks like all of the time and effort really pays off with this dish! You just can’t rush something that rich and delicious. I bet the pork melts in your mouth

  • Reply
    Patty
    10/10/2017 at 11:27 AM

    Awesome ragù sauce, an interesting alternative to beef, love it!

  • Reply
    Liz
    10/10/2017 at 12:43 PM

    I bet this is some amazing comfort food! Such a fun twist on a traditional ragu sauce!

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    10/10/2017 at 1:04 PM

    Sounds really delicious. The pork will be lovely and tender and full of flavour, always worth waiting for. An ideal week day supper, something you could make in advance.

  • Reply
    Jagruti
    10/10/2017 at 2:18 PM

    I love ragu sauce, I add vegetarian sausages and make in advance many times. Perfect for week day supper when you are short on time.

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