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Even though LA is STILL refusing to acknowledge that it’s fall, I don’t care. Cozy and comforting meals are in full affect in my household and I’m really happy about it. ‘Stewy’ type foods are some of my favorite things to eat and today we have a really delicious, but totally simple Braised Pork Ragu over Pappardelle! I love this recipe so much because it really is pretty simple, one recipe makes a ton (so it’s great for crowds and awesome to freeze for a later date too!) and to top it off pork shoulder is pretty inexpensive, so buying a couple pounds won’t break the bank!

We’re serving ours over pappardelle, which is one of Jordan’s (the hubs) favorite pastas, but you can serve the ragu over so many different things like creamy polenta, buttery spatzle, over a bed of wilted greens, or just with a big, crusty baguette. Also, I’m really not one of those ‘use expensive wines in cooking’ type of person (sorry, Queen Ina Garten), so much so that while making this in the studio to shoot for the blog the other week, I realized we were totally out of red wine and all we had was an unopened BOX of VERY cheap red wine, leftover from a recent freelance project. I used it and the ragu still came out delicious with tons of flavors that nicely melted together. So long story short, drink your fancy wines and cook with the cheap stuff. :) Enjoy! xx, Jenny


Braised Pork Ragu Over Pappardelle

Servings: 8


  • 2 ½ tablespoons vegetable or grapeseed oil, divided
  • 2 pounds  boneless pork shoulder, fat trimmed
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, trimmed and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons minced sage leaves
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 24 to 30 ounces dry pappardelle


  • Preheat oven to 325˚F.
  • Place a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cut pork shoulder into four equal pieces and season all over with salt and pepper. Pour 1 tablespoon oil into Dutch oven and sear pork for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove pork from pan and set aside.
  • Drain all fat from pot and add remaining oil. Add onion, carrot and celery and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until the onions begin to sweat and become slightly translucent. Add garlic and season with salt and pepper. Stir together.
  • Add herbs and continue to sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste and stir together. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Deglaze pot with wine, making sure to scrape up all the brown bits from the bottom.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer until about ½ wine has evaporated.
  • Add the whole tomatoes, including juices, and stir together, slightly breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Once mixture is simmering again, add pork back into the pot and bring to a boil. Cover pot and place on the lowest shelf in your oven.
  • Braise pork for about 2 hours or until the pork is fork tender.
  • Remove pot from oven and finely shred pork with two forks. Adjust seasonings if needed. Cover until ready to use.
  • Fill a large pot with water and place over high heat.
  • Once water is boiling, add a small handful of salt followed by pasta. Boil pasta, stirring frequently, until al dente, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain.
  • Divide pasta into individual bowls and top with a large ladle of ragu. Top with freshly grated Parmesan and serve.
  1. Leah Not Specified Not Specified

    Could I make this in a regular large soup pot, instead of a Dutch oven? How would the recipe change? Thanks!

  2. Jennifer Not Specified Not Specified

    this looks delicious! i will definitely try the recipe as is, but do you have any suggestions for how to adjust if chicken is the protein?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi! Yes, you can use the same method. But your cook time will be shortened quite a bit! I can’t give exact times since I haven’t made this with chicken yet!

  3. sabrina Not Specified Not Specified

    love ragu and heart bolognese recipes much more than marinara recipes, so thank you for this recipe!

  4. Vanessa Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi, I made this ragu last night and it was fantastic! Great flavors. I couldn’t find papardelle at the store, so I used gnocci. It was delicious. I might serve the leftovers with either rice or potatoes tonight.

  5. Sabrina Not Specified Not Specified

    Do you think the ragu would freeze well? I always make big batches of sauce and freeze it in smaller portions for quick meals during the week. This looks delicious!

  6. marcella-not-hazan Not Specified Not Specified

    Can’t say anything yet about the taste (made this last night after dinner!), but the balance meat/sauce is perfect, not too runny and not too dry, and after two hours in the oven the smell was soooo enticing… will come back and tell you how it is over pasta :P

  7. Evans Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks great!

    I’m thinking about making a half recipe. Would you recommend cutting the cook time shorter, or would 2 hours still work?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      it really depends on the thickness of the meat, but I think sticking to 2 hours would be best. I would check on it around 1 1/2 hours into the cooking time, and see if it’s ready. :)

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