3 1/4 pounds boneless pork shoulder,
cut into 1-inch pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 large sweet onion,
cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
4 thyme sprigs
5 cups chicken stock or
2 tablespoons chopped
1 tablespoon chopped oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 pounds orecchiette
2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-
Reggiano cheese (7 ounces)
1. Season the pork with salt and pepper. In a large enameled
cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the
pork in a single layer and cook over moderately high heat until
the pieces are golden brown all over, about 12 minutes. Add the
carrots, celery, onion and garlic and cook until softened and
browned in spots, about 8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their
juices and bring to a simmer. Add the red wine and thyme sprigs
and cook over high heat until the wine is reduced by half, about
5 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer
over low heat until the pork is very tender, about 2 hours.
2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pork and vegetables to
a food processor; discard the thyme sprigs. Pulse just until the
pork is shredded. Scrape the shredded pork and vegetables
back into the casserole. Stir in the chopped parsley, oregano and
crushed red pepper and season with salt and pepper.
3. Preheat the oven to 375°. In a large pot of boiling salted water,
cook the orecchiette until it is still firm to the bite, about
5 minutes; drain well. Add the orecchiette to the casserole and
toss with the pork sauce. Scrape the pasta into a very large
baking dish and sprinkle all over with the Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Bake the casserole in the upper third of the oven for about 35
minutes, until golden brown on top and bubbling. Let the baked
pasta stand for 10 minutes before serving. —Ethan Stowell
MAKE AHEAD The pork sugo can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.
Reheat before tossing with the orecchiette.
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