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Carlo's slow braised pork over rigatoni

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 20 min | Cook Time 90 min

Why I Love This Recipe

This pasta with it's slow cooked pork is one of Carlo's standard recipes in his kitchen. It's rustic comfort food and it's absolutely wonderful with the rich saltiness, smooth pork with a little spicy peek. Perfect for these cold winter days.The sauce is easy peasy to make, but needs time on the fire, and if you happened to end up with left overs it taste even better the day after.

Ingredients You'll Need

3 cloves garlic
1 onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2.2 lbs pork meat with bone (use pork loin or ribs)
1 teaspoon salt (sprinkled over cut pork prior to cooking)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
4 carrots
1/2 cup red wine
3 cup strained tomatoes
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
1lbs Rigatoni pasta
4 oz Parmesan grated to taste


Peel and finely chop onion and garlic. In a large pan over medium heat add olive oil when hot add onions and garlic cook until soft and golden. Cut the meat in medium-sized chunks, and let sear in the pan with the spices. Peel and cut medium-sized pieces of carrots. Add them to the pan along with the red wine, strained tomatoes and sugar. Simmer with the lid at medium heat for half an hour. Add water and turn down the heat. Let the sauce slow-cook for 60 minutes on low heat. Add more water if needed. Cook the rigatoni pasta according to instructions on the package. Mix the sauce and pasta together and serve immediately with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

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