Tender Stovetop Pork Ragu

  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: main, dinner
  • Cuisine: Italian


This Tender Stovetop Pork Ragu is rustic, simple, and supremely delicious. Everything is cooked in one big pot, to savory perfection. This fork-tender Pork Ragu is a surefire crowd pleaser. Bonus: it can be made a day or two ahead of time!



  • 3 lb skinless, boneless pork shoulder/butt, cut into quarters
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 TB olive or canola oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup full bodied red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes with juices
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 whole bay leaves


  1. Towel-dry the pork on all sides. Sprinkle a thin layer of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on all sides of pork and pat seasoning in. Heat 1 TB oil in a Dutch oven or large heavy pot over medium heat. Brown pork on all sides, 10-12 min. Transfer browned pork to a dish. Remove burned bits from pot but leave rest of pan drippings and golden bits there. Add onion and garlic to the pot with remaining 1 TB oil. Stir often over mdeium heat until onion is caramelizing, 5-10 min. Add tomato paste and stir until slightly darkened in color, 1 min.
  2. Add wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until mixture is thickened, 1 min. Add tomatoes with juices, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaves; stir in 2 cvups water. Add pork with accumulated juices.
  3. Bring liquid to a boil and reduce to simmer. With lid slightly ajar, continue to simmer until pork is very fork-tender and sauce is thickened (thicker than a typical pasta sauce) 3-4 hours. Using forks, shred pork or break into bite size pieces. Season with additional kosher salt and black pepper as needed.


Entire dish can be made 1-2 days ahead of time. Simply cover and cool room temp; then chill in fridge until ready to reheat.
Pork Ragu is delicious served with noodles/pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice.