Canned whole peeled tomatoes work best in this delicious sauce. Use a pair of kitchen shears to coarsely cut them in the can, or squeeze them by hand.
3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed, chopped
4 ounces pancetta, chopped
2 3/4 cups chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped carrots
8 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup red wine
1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
1 (28-oz.) can tomato puree
3 fresh thyme sprigs
2 fresh oregano sprigs
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
Hot cooked pasta
How to Make It
Stir together first 3 ingredients; sauté, in batches, in 2 Tbsp. hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes. Transfer to an 8-qt. slow cooker.
Sauté sausage in remaining 1 Tbsp. hot oil in skillet 6 minutes or until no longer pink. Transfer to slow cooker, reserving drippings in skillet.
Sauté pancetta in hot drippings in skillet over medium heat 7 minutes or until crisp. Add onion, carrots, and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Increase heat to high; add wine. Bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits. Cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until reduced by half.
Add tomatoes and tomato puree; bring to a boil. Transfer to slow cooker; add thyme and next 3 ingredients. Cover; cook on HIGH 1 hour. Reduce to LOW; cook 7 hours. Discard herbs; serve sauce over hot cooked pasta.
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very good sauce...used meaty pork spare ribs (not the rack kind) in place of pork shoulder (too fatty), cooked for 6 hours, skimmed some oil off the top, and transferred to a pot on stove top for last 1-2 hours to reduce and thicken. Other than that followed exactly. Meat literally fell off bones, making for a very nice Sunday "gravy"
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