2 -4 lbs
country-style pork ribs, cut into 3- to 4-inch lengths
fresh ground pepper
olive oil, divided use
sweet onions, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rings
about 12 garlic clove, peeled and cut in half
1 (28 ounce) cans
crushed peeled tomatoes
1 (14 1/2 ounce) cans
pasta, of choice cooked al dente
( to garnish)
- Heat a large, heavy Dutch oven over medium high heat. When hot, add teaspoon of olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Sear the pork ribs on both sides until golden brown, turning only once. You may need to do this in batches. Do not crowd the pan. Remove to a platter.
- Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the Dutch oven, along with the sweet onion rings. Toss to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and sweat the onions, stirring often, until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic, both cans of tomatoes, and water to the onions. Stir to combine, then return the pork ribs to the pot along with any collected juices.
- Simmer the pork ribs in the tomato gravy 1-1/2 to 2 hours, until pork is tender. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if warranted.
- Stir 1 cup of the tomato gravy into the cooked pasta as soon as it is done. Portion the pasta into shallow bowls, top with pork ribs, spoon on some tomato gravy, and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.