Pork Ragout with Pappardelle Pasta
Pasta is what is for Dinner!
If you love pork ragout as much as John and I do....you will love this recipe. It makes enough for 2 meals easily. Enjoy!
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 pound boneless Circle B Ranch country pork ribs (about 2)
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 cup red wine
2 bay leaves
Pinch crushed red pepper
2-24 Ounce Marina's Tomato Sauce
8 oz pappardelle pasta
1/2 cup packed parsley leaves, roughly chopped
Handful basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish
Grated Parmesan, for serving
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, salt both sides of each rib, then add to the pot and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to the plate.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, onion, and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir to combine and then partially cover with a lid. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft, about 6 minutes. Add the wine, bay leaves, thyme, crushed red pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer until most of the wine has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Nestle in the browned ribs (and any accumulated juices), then add the crushed tomatoes and 1 1/2 cups of water (it is nice to rinse the bottle of tomato sauce with water and then use 1 1/2 cups of that "tomato water"). Bring to a high simmer, then adjust to a low simmer and cover the pot partially with the lid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender and falling apart and the sauce has reduced, about 2 hours. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the pot and add back into the sauce. Remove the pieces of pork and let them cool slightly; finely shred the meat, then stir back into the sauce. The sauce can now be finished and served or it can be cooled down, refrigerated and reheated the next day.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to the package instructions, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water.
Stir the parsley into the sauce and adjust the seasoning to taste with salt. Thin out with a little of the reserved pasta water and stir in the torn basil. Divide the cooked pasta among bowls and top each with some ragout. Drizzle each bowl with a little olive oil, top with a generous amount of Parmesan and garnish with a few basil leaves.