Belly warming and made with love, this slow-cooked minced pork ragu is the perfect way to celebrate the weekend. Pour yourself a glass of wine and spend some time in the kitchen preparing this heavenly dish for you and your loved ones.
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Slow Cooked Minced Pork Ragu
I have been making this Slow Cooked Minced Pork Ragu recipe for many years now, and I just can't believe I haven't popped it on the blog for you guys yet!
It was one of the first 'scary/too hard' recipes I attempted in my early twenties, and I have to say, it has evolved into something amazing over the years.
It certainly comes from a place of love.
I first came across a recipe for Italian pork ragu in a random discarded newspaper I was reading on my lunch break. It was one of those recipes that sounds so tantalizing your mouth automatically starts watering and you would give anything for a big bowl of whatever it is to just appear before you Genie-style right there and then.
Unfortunately, no Genie was around to supply such things, and I wasn't doing much cooking at that point in my life either.
In fact, I hadn't even heard of the cut of meat they were using in the recipe, and we had just bought a new house so we had no money for fancy cuts of meat anyway. The little recipe was promptly clipped from the food section and sadly languished on my desk for a long time.
Fast forward a few years and I discovered that I actually quite liked cooking.
The pork ragu recipe became one that I made over and over again until it looked nothing like the original and turned into my signature dish when we had people over for a nice dinner...then I forgot about it for years again.
So I am sure you can imagine my sheer delight when I stumbled across my much-edited clipping and prepared a big heavenly pot last weekend. The kids gobbled up 3 bowls each, and my husband was super jealous when he discovered what we had been eating without him.
This version of slow-cooked minced pork ragu is nothing like the original found in that old dusty newspaper.
- It doesn't use crazy expensive ingredients found on the other side of town;
- there are no crazy cooking skills involved;
- and it doesn't need to be reserved for special occasions;
- big plus: you can freeze the extra sauce to have a delicious meal on hand during a busy week.
This is your 'everyday, everyman' ragu and it is quite the dish! I just hope you love it as much as we do.
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Do you have a signature dish you have been perfecting over the years? I would love to hear all about it so be sure to leave a comment. Happy eating.
Slow Cooked Minced Pork Ragu
- 1/2 lb bacon finely diced (look for bacon free of sulfites/sulfates)
- 1 large carrot diced
- 2 celery stalks diced
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 lb pork mince look for pasture raised where possible
- 1/2 cup dry red wine
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup whole milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- pappardelle freshly cooked to serve
- parmesan finely grated to serve
- Fry bacon gently in a saucepan. Once cooked, add in the carrots, celery and onion and cook softly until slightly brown and the onion is translucent
- Add in the pork mince and stir constantly until browned (see notes re fat)
- Add in the wine, tomato paste and a little of the stock. Stir to combine
- Simmer for two hours, gradually adding in the remaining stock and milk during that time. Season to taste with salt and pepper
- To serve ladle a scoop of the meat mixture over some freshly cooked pasta and top with parmesan cheese