Friday, August 21, 2009

Dinner Four: Rustic Pork Ragu.. and an update!

Dinner was pretty delicious. I hadn't really ever made anything like it before.. and actually.. have never really tasted anything like it! The rosemary adds a strong and lovely aroma and tastes just as yummy as it smells. I would say this is a great dish for impressing guests! I also would HIGHLY recommend going to your more upscale market or well-stocked health food grocers to get Pappardelle noodles. They are like ribbons.. wide and flat and really thin, they have just the right amount of stickiness too them though that holds the sauce really well. Plus it's good to try new things!

Rustic Pork Ragu
Serves: 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 2 1/2-pound boneless pork loin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large onion, chopped
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked and chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 35-ounce can crushed tomatoes with juices
1 pound cooked pappardelle or other flat noodle
grated Romano cheese, to taste

1. Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the pork with the salt and pepper and sear on all sides until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove the pork; set aside.

2.Add the onion, rosemary, and garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices and stir with a wooden spoon, scraping any bits of pork stuck to the bottom of the pot. Return the pork to the pot. Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover the pot tightly and simmer on the stovetop until the pork is tender enough to fall apart, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

3.Remove the pork and, when it is cool enough to handle, shred it into bite-size pieces. Add the shredded pork back to the stockpot. Simmer until hot.

4.Serve over the pasta with the Romano sprinkled on top.

1. Visit the beach for a sunrise.
2. Get my hair cut.
3. Make marbleized art for our bedroom.
4. Find and cook ALL new recipes for dinner this week .
5. Post about our Anniversary trip to Charleston.
6. Finish and send out my “Lovely Package”.
7. Find a cute sewing pattern to make a shirt out of some pretty fabric I found.
8. Kayak on the lake one early morning.
9. Get a gym membership.
10. Laundry.
11. Make plans with Amy who’s finally back in-town!
12. Finish a cross-word puzzle with Kell.
13. Purchase and begin reading “Through the Looking Glass”.
14. Drink tea everyday.
15. Go on a bike ride with Kell.
16. Buy fresh flowers.
17. Blog 7 days in a row (ambitious I know!)

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