Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Italian Pork Stew

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Life around here is picking up with the baby coming in only a month -- yikes! I'm trying to squeeze in some last precious moments with Libby and JD before No. 3 comes along to monopolize my time. Not to mention all the STUFF that needs to get done before the delivery. The list is endless! However, I'm still cooking; we gotta eat!

So here's a recipe that appeared in Taste of Home a few months ago. I just loved it! It was such a great, new way to use pork loin. I actually made it using about 1 pound of leftover pork loin roast that I chopped into bite-size pieces. If you want to do that, just start the recipe at the second paragraph. And since I was using already cooked and tender pork, I was able to cut back on the simmering time by half.

Italian Pork Stew

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 lbs. boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped carrots, optional
5 garlic cloves, crushed
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 cup dry red wine or MSPI-friendly beef broth
3 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick, optional
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. anchovy paste
1 tsp. each dried oregano, basil and sage leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
Hot cooked bow tie pasta

Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add pork, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a Dutch oven, brown pork in 3 tablespoons oil in batches. Remove and keep warm.

In the same pan, saute onion in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, wine, bay leaves, cinnamon, tomato paste, vinegar, anchovy paste, herbs, salt, pepper flakes, pepper and pork; bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley. Cover and cook 30-60 minutes longer or until meat is tender. Skim fat; discard bay leaves and cinnamon.

Tip: I listed the cinnamon as optional because I completely forgot to include it in my stew, and the carrots are optional because they aren't included in the original recipe. I just decided to toss them in as a way to get some extra veggies in my kiddos.


Melissa said...

Great website! Thanks for sharing what you have found with all the rest of us MSPI mommies!
Have you found any vegetarian dishes for mspi?

Andrea said...

So glad the site has been helpful for you, Melissa. Yes, there are vegetarian recipes. Just click on the "Vegetarian" link over on the right-hand side of the site. Many of these recipes contain meat, but I've indicated how they can be made meatless with easy substitutions, etc. Good luck!