I don't exactly know what makes this recipe rustic, but that is the name that came with it. The recipe comes from Real Simple magazine. I made this in the crockpot which made it even more simple. I used a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes which was the only size I could find. I also made up an envelope of pork gravy mix according to the package directions and added it to the crockpot with the tomatoes. This cut the tomatoey-ness of the ragu perfectly IMHO. I couldn't find pappardelle pasta so used farfalle noodles which worked very well. This is a delicous, yet easy to prepare meal that is full of meat and perfect for a winter meal.