“Mario Batali's that I've adapted to use a few more common ingredients...I wasn't much of a stew person until I tried this and was in love. This is so simple, caramelized, and rich, yet lighter due to the chicken stock, that it is now my goto stew recipe.”
2hrs 30mins
1 pot full

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 29.58-44.37 ml olive oil (Batali uses 1 slice of pork fat back)
  • 1360.77 g pork shoulder, cubed
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 236.59 ml merlot (just use whatever dry red wine you've got open)
  • 14.79 ml smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 29.58 ml fresh rosemary leaves
  • 177.44 ml tomato paste (I just use a small can)
  • 236.59 ml chicken stock (Batali uses veal stock)
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • To serve
  • 453.59 g hot cooked pasta, buttered with
  • butter, and sprinkled with
  • fresh parsley


  1. In a Dutch Oven, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Season the pork with salt and pepper and add to the oil and sear on all sides, working in batches if necessary.
  3. Add the sliced onions and cook until they are browned and soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the wine and allow it to evaporate completely.
  5. Add the paprika, bay leaves, rosemary.
  6. Stir in tomato paste.
  7. Cook for 3-4 minutes over high heat, then stir in the chicken stock.
  8. Reduce heat to simmer, cover, and cook about 1.5-2 hours, until the sauce has thickened.
  9. Stir in the lemon juice and season well with salt and pepper.
  10. Serve immediately with buttered hot pasta.

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