Slow Cooker Pork Ragu
I have an easy, comforting, and crowd pleasing recipe for you. This Slow Cooker Pork Ragu satisfies your Italian and pasta cravings with little work. All you need is a pork shoulder and some pantry ingredients (including red wine, which is definitely a pantry ingredient in my book..), and several hours in your slow cooker. It’s perfect for a Sunday dinner on a chilly night.
Thanks to our handy dandy slow cooker this comforting, flavorful meal can be on the table with ease. You’ll want to make this Slow Cooker Pork Ragu on the regular!
The key to making this Slow Cooker Pork Ragu extra flavorful is by browning the pork shoulder before adding to the slow cooker. We season all sides of the pork with lots of salt and pepper, and sear over medium-high heat in an oiled cast-iron skillet. I even recommend scraping any browned bits and oil into the slow cooker.
Once the pork is browned, the “hard” work is done! Add the ingredients to your slow cooker, cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. The low and slow cooking makes the pork so tender and just falls apart. The whole tomatoes break apart and the garlic cloves infuse in the sauce and get extra extra soft. Yes please!
Now all that’s left is cooking up a big ol’ pot of pasta. I love pappardelle noodles for this. The wide noodle is great for handling the pulled pork. But, other pasta noodles would be a great alternative! I also love this with some rice or quinoa as well.