Italian Pork Stew with Tomatoes
A quick and easy nutritious stew which is a meal in itself. Serve with noodles, potatoes or rice and a good green salad.
Serves 4 - 6
90ml (6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil)
1 onions or 4 shallots, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
4 celery stalks, finely chopped
100gg (2 oz) pancetta or bacon, cut into lardons
1kg (2¼lb) stewing pork, cut into 5 – 6 cm (1 – 1 ½ inch)
80ml (2 ½ fl oz) dry white wine
400g (14 oz) tinned tomatoes, chopped or 450g (1lb) ripe tomatoes peeled
150ml (5fl oz) chicken or vegetable stock
4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
125g (4 ½ oz) fresh or frozen peas
1 tablespoon annual marjoram chopped
2 tablespoons parsley coarsely chopped
salt and freshly ground pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large casserole. Add the shallots, carrot, celery and pancetta or bacon. Sweat on a medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes.
Meanwhile heat a little more extra virgin olive oil in wide frying pan on a high heat.
Dust the pieces of pork in seasoned flour, shaking off the excess, Add the meat. Seal on all sides, you may need to do this in batches – add a little more extra virgin olive oil to the casserole.
Add the white wine and allow to evaporate.
Stir in the tomatoes and half the stock and season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat, add a sprig of thyme, and cover with a lid. Cook for 25 minutes on a gentle heat or transfer to a moderate oven 180°C / 350°F / Mark 4 until the meat is cooked through. If you find the stew dries up add a little more hot stock.
Add the potato chunks and cook for a further 15 minutes, add the peas and cook for a further 4 – 5 minutes on a low heat, stirring from time to time. Remove from the heat, taste and correct seasoning. Scatter with parsley and serve.