Active Time
1 HR
Total Time
2 HR
Serves : 6
© Stephanie Meyer

How to Make It

Step 1    

In an enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the pancetta and cook over moderate heat until the fat has rendered, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a medium bowl.

Step 2    

Season the pork with salt and pepper and add half of it to the casserole. Cook over moderately high heat until richly browned all over, about 5 minutes. Using the slotted spoon, transfer the pork to the bowl with the pancetta. Repeat with remaining pork.

Step 3    

Wrap the sage, thyme and rosemary in cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine. Add this bundle to the casserole along with the onion, carrot, celery, leek and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in the wine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the casserole and bring to a boil. Return the pancetta and pork shoulder to the casserole and simmer over moderately low heat until liquid is almost fully evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add the stock and tomato puree and return to a boil. Cover and simmer the sauce over moderately low heat for 1 hour, until the meat is very tender.

Step 4    

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain. Skim the fat from the surface of the sauce and discard the herb bundle. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Add the pasta and toss until well-coated. Transfer to shallow bowls and serve right away, passing grated pecorino at the table.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Skim the fat off the surface before reheating gently.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 2652

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Sunshyne08

Review Body: This is delicious. I had to buy another cut as shoulder around us is at least 9lbs per package so I pickeda similar cut. I also did not have fresh herbs but instead used dried in my cheesecloth and it came out fine. I agree with the other reviewer that the wine does not reduce in 10 minutes but the extra time on this is worth it. Beware it is stewlike in consistency but you thicken if you wish or soak it up with bread as I do. You do need the pepper and cheese as a topping imo.

Review Rating:

Date Published: 2017-02-01

Author Name: Nicki Dugan Pogue

Review Body: This was a HUGE hit with my family - the pork became melt-in-your-mouth tender. But I was sweating it while cooking. The times are not at ALL accurate. How can you evaporate 2 cups of wine in 10 minutes? I doubled the recipe and I think my total cooking time once everything was added was 2.5 hours (vs 1 hour). Took MUCH longer to thicken and reduce into a sauce vs. soup. But if you stick with it, it's amazing! Just beware the time commitment (I was up til 1am waiting....)

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-08