Pasta with Braised Pork, Red Wine and Pancetta
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  • 2Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2pound pancettasliced 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3pounds boneless pork shouldertrimmed, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 small onioncut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 small carrot cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 celery ribcut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 leekwhite and light green part only, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4cloves garlicminced
  • 2cups dry red wine
  • 2cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 114 oz. can tomato puree
  • 1pound dried strozzapreti or rigattoni
  • Freshly grated pecorino cheese, for serving
  1. In an enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the pancetta and cook over moderate heat until the fat has rendered, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a medium bowl.
  2. Season the pork with salt and pepper and add half of it to the casserole. Cook over moderately high heat until richly browned all over, about 5 minutes. Using the slotted spoon, transfer the pork to the bowl with the pancetta. Repeat with remaining pork.
  3. Wrap the sage, thyme and rosemary in cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine. Add this bundle to the casserole along with the onion, carrot, celery, leek and garlic and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 2 minutes. Stir in the wine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the casserole and bring to a boil. Return the pancetta and pork shoulder to the casserole and simmer over moderately low heat until liquid is almost fully evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add the stock and tomato puree and return to a boil. Cover and simmer the sauce over moderately low heat for 1 hour, until the meat is very tender.
  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain. Skim the fat from the surface of the sauce and discard the herb bundle. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Add the pasta and toss until well-coated. Transfer to shallow bowls and serve right away, passing grated pecorino at the table.