Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs

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.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 -3 tablespoons olive oil (Batali uses 1 slice of pork fat back)
  • 3 lbs pork shoulder, cubed
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 1 cup merlot (just use whatever dry red wine you've got open)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 34 cup tomato paste (I just use a small can)
  • 1 cup chicken stock (Batali uses veal stock)
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • To serve

  • 1 lb 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.


Most Helpful

Liza, this was wonderful! I started the recipe on the stove top until step 7, then transferred everything to a crockpot, it simmered for @ 3 hours on high. During the last half hour I added a slurry. The meat was cooked to perfection and the sauce was to die for! I followed your suggestion and served it over buttered noodles. This goes into my favorite crockpot recipe book, we absolutely loved it.

gemini08 March 26, 2013

Absolutely delicious. I'm glad I made extra - put it in the freezer to enjoy again later.

Carole March 22, 2015

This is Awesome. I have made this many times, I usually add fresh mushrooms and <br/>sliced carrots. I buy a whole pork butt and cut my own cubes. this is def a keeper

Chef OG December 06, 2013

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