While going through my freezer the other day I stumbled across a smallish bone in pork shoulder roast and decided that it must be put to good use. We love pasta and tomato sauce so I settled in to make a pork ragu to serve over some perciatelli. I love slow cooking meats and fowl and this was a perfect dinner, with leftovers to boot!! —inpatskitchen
3 to 4 pound bone in pork shoulder roast
Salt, pepper and olive oil to season the roast
diced green bell pepper
large brown mushrooms, sliced
cloves minced garlic
crushed red pepper flakes
ground fennel seed
14 to 15
ounce can of whole plum tomatoes, chopped a bit
Season the roast heavily with some salt , black pepper and olive oil and then roast at 425F for 30 minutes so it browns up.
While the pork is roasting saute the onions, green pepper, mushrooms and garlic in the 3 tablespoons of olive oil until the vegetables just begin to soften.
Stir in the basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, ground fennel, salt and pepper and saute a minute more. Add the tomatoes and tomato puree.
Place the partially roasted pork in a Dutch oven, bathe with the sauce, cover and roast in the oven at 350F for about 2 hours.
After 2 hours, remove the roast from the dutch oven and pull the meat off the bones, shredding it as you go. Return the meat to the pot, cover and continue to roast at 325F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Cook the perciatelli (or your favorite pasta) according to package directions, saving some of the cooking water to thin out the ragu if need be and serve the ragu over. (about a pound of pasta for 6 servings)
I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I learned...to this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining.
My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!