Rich and Tender Pulled Pork Ragu with Pasta

Juicy, fall-apart, slow-cooked pork, coated in hearty flavours of tomato, garlic and herbs.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Any Time Of the year, Family Meal
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Nicky Corbishley


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small rolled boneless leg of pork (about 1kg) - leave the rind on during cooking
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 large onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 60 ml (4tbsp) red wine
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree/paste usually gluten free, but check if required
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 x 14oz tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup water

To Serve:

  • Cooked pasta gluten free pasta if required
  • Grated parmesan cheese


  • Heat the butter and oil in a large pan (or in your slow cooker bowl if you have a flame proof one like this one <--Affiliate link) . Sprinkle the pork with a good pinch of salt and pepper and then place in the pan. Seal the meat on all sides (should take 7-10 mins).
  • Turn the heat down and add the onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes - stirring a couple of times - until the onion starts to soften. Add in the red pepper and garlic, stir and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add in the red wine and let it bubble down for a couple of minutes. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir, and then bring everything to a gentle simmer.
  • Pour everything into the slow cooker and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  • After this time, discard the bay leaves and remove the pork from the slow cooker - placing it on a chopping board. Remove any large pieces of fat, and then shred the remaining meat with two forks. Place the shredded pork back in with the sauce and stir around so that the sauce covers all of the meat.
  • Cook some pasta as-per pack instructions, then drain and put the pasta into the slow cooker with the meat and sauce. Stir to coat the pasta in the sauce, then use tongs to pull the pasta back out and divide between your serving plates.
  • Top with the pork ragu and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.


Nutritional Information is per serving of Pork ragu, WITHOUT pasta or parmesan.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 720mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 660IU | Vitamin C: 30.6mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2.9mg
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