Pork Ragù with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

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Podcast Recommendation: BBC Documentaries: The Lives and Deaths of Naftali and Mohammed (Naftali Fraenkel is one of the three Israeli teenagers who was kidnapped and murdered in June 2014. Mohammed Abu Khdeir is the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and murdered in July 2014 as a response to the kidnapping and murder of Naftali and his two classmates. These murders heightened tensions which led to the 2014 Israel-Gaza Conflict.)

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 2.5 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2″ pieces
  • garlic salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 garlic clove, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine (I used Merlot)
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 14-ounce can tomato puree
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 spaghetti squash
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon parsley

Instructions:

  1. season pork with garlic salt and ground black pepper
  2. heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat
  3. cook pork in butter, turning occasionally, until browned, 8-10 minutes and transfer to a plate
  4. cook onion, carrot, celery, and garlic in leftover fat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent veggies from burning, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes
  5. add pork and wine back into pot; let wine cook down for 45 seconds
  6. add in tomato puree, chicken broth sprig of rosemary, oregano, bay leaves, more ground black pepper, and garlic salt
  7. first bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat to very low, and simmer, stirring occasionally to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot, until meat is very tender, 2 – 2.5 hours
  8. 1-1.5 hours into the pork sauce simmering, begin preparation for spaghetti squash (see below)
  9. if possible to find, discard rosemary
  10. shred meat in pot with potato masher
  11. add half and half and cook, uncovered, over medium heat for an additional 8–10 minutes
  12. Spaghetti Squash: bake spaghetti squash in oven at 375 degrees for 1 hour
  13. after 1 hour take the spaghetti squash out and cut it in half (be careful because it will be very hot)
  14. scoop seeds out with a spoon, being careful to scoop out as little of the fleshy stringy part of the squash as possible
  15. scoop out fleshy stringy part of the squash on plate* and pour pork sauce over it
  16. garnish with parmesan cheese and parsley

*if squash is too crunchy you can do the following (1) place it in an oven-safe dish and pour pork sauce over it, (2) cover and bake for an additional 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees.

Recipe adapted from epicurious.com.

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