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InstantPot Pork Ragu With Orecchiette Pasta

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Pork Ragu that tastes like it has been slow cooked for 24 hours in an hour or so thanks to the InstantPot served with hearty Orecchiette Pasta.

This delicious pork ragu dish is probably going to see a marked slow down in the amount of InstantPot recipes for a short while, our weather is definitely on  the up turn and spring is on the way and with spring comes new ingredients and quicker lighter cooking techniques. That of course does not mean that the InstantPot gets put away, it will still get a regular workout making stocks and a few other odds and sods. I have had a real blast working with this wonderful piece of kit over the last few months learning how to take advantage of pressure cooking within my normal routine. Whilst there have been the occasional failure in the main it has been a triumph, and this is definitely one of those triumphs. My pork ragu recipe relies really simple flavours that just work together combined with Orecchiette pasta to form a dish that is hearty enough but does not feel over facing.

Those of you that are keen eyed may have noticed that I have been shopping, I’ve been getting a bit bummed of late with all the darkness in my photos so picked up a new piece of kitchen worksurface for me to play with and offer me the opportunity of pushing some much lighter shots. I quite like it although my wifes insistence on her favourite Rose wine with this meal means that I have taken the pictures for this pork ragu all very ‘pink’. Lets just say this ‘dude food’ pork ragu definitely has a a feminine hue 😀

Pork Ragu that tastes like it has been slow cooked for 24 hours in an hour or so thanks to the InstantPot served with hearty Orecchiette Pasta.

 

InstantPot Pork Ragu With Orecchiette Pasta

Pork Ragu that tastes like it has been slow cooked for 24 hours in an hour or so thanks to the InstantPot served with hearty Orecchiette Pasta.

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Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 300 g Pork Shoulder.
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil.
  • 1 Onion Approximately 75-100g finely diced.
  • 2 Garlic Cloves. Finely Sliced.
  • 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar.
  • 175 ml Tomato Passata. Tomato Sauce in the US I am informed.
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano.
  • 1 Bay Leaf.
  • 2 Tbsp Capers.
  • 175 g Orecchiette Pasta.
  • Salt and Pepper. To Taste.

Instructions

  1. Set your InstantPot to Saute mode and when hot add half of the cooking oil along with the onions and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile heat the remaining oil in a frying pan over a high heat, then season the pork with salt and pepper and brown on all sides. You can do this in the InstantPot if you like but my preference is to use a frying pan.
  3. When the onions have been cooking for 5 minutes add the garlic and stir for a further minute.
  4. Now add in the red wine vinegar, it should pretty much evapourate straight away, then turn off saute mode.
  5. Add the pork.

  6. Then add in the tomato passata, oregano and bay leaf along with a really generous grind of black pepper.

  7. Close the lid an cook on manual mode at high pressure for 40 minutes, with a 10 minute natural pressure release.
  8. Putting the pasta on to cook with 2-3 minutes left in the InstantPot should be perfect timing tom bring the dish together.
  9. When released, remove the pork from the InstantPot and flip over to saute mode and reduce the remaining liquid by half.
  10. Shred with two forks before returning back to the pan along with any juices, it would of course be rude to not check for seasoning again now.
  11. Add the capers and the cooked Orecchiette pasta and stir to combine.

Recipe Notes

Sprinkle with some freshly shredded basil to serve.

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Pork Ragu that tastes like it has been slow cooked for 24 hours in an hour or so thanks to the InstantPot served with hearty Orecchiette Pasta.
Pork Ragu that tastes like it has been slow cooked for 24 hours in an hour or so thanks to the InstantPot served with hearty Orecchiette Pasta.
2017-07-10T11:55:09+00:00

14 Comments

  1. Platter Talk March 14, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    We don’t have to worry about any darkness in THESE beautiful photos! Lovely dish, perfect for the dive “snow dive” forecast for today!

    • Brian Jones March 15, 2017 at 8:31 am - Reply

      Cheers Dan… I have noticed the amazing pictures of the cold weather you have in parts of the US at the moment, meanwhile over here in my corner of Europe things are positively springy and I am heading to an outdoor thermal spa today 😀 I hope you keep warm 😉

  2. Pretty March 14, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

    This looks great! I don’t know what a instantpot is, maybe it hasn’t hit Europe yet!

    • Brian Jones March 15, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

      They most certainly have I am based in deepest darkest Hungary and have one… They are a web based success story from a small Canadian manufacturer I believe but easy to get hold of online although their presence in stores is not high 🙂 Essentially they are a self powered pressure cooker kinda taking things by storm, I am far from an evangelist but I love mine and am loving getting back acquainted with cooking under pressure.

  3. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings March 14, 2017 at 11:58 am - Reply

    I just got an instant pot and I can’t wait to try this. It’s so easy to use and cooks so fast, I’m in love! Loving your photos too!

    • Brian Jones March 15, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Thanks Karen… I think this is fast at an hour too, to slow roast or slow cook this would take at least 8 hours although realistically even longer 😀

  4. Tara March 14, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Such a great use of the instant pot! Orecchiette is one of my favorite kinds of pasta. Love all these flavors.

    • Brian Jones March 15, 2017 at 8:35 am - Reply

      I love orecchiette too, such a big bold pasta, perfect for stuff like this I think.

  5. David @ CookingChat March 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    looks delish! I like using pork instead of beef for a change with pasta.

    • Brian Jones March 15, 2017 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Cheers David, I would love to say it is a change but good beef is a challenge to get here.

  6. Patricia Green March 26, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I presume you add the pork in at stage 5 before you put on the lid! Sounds tasty, thanks.

    • Brian Jones March 27, 2017 at 6:27 am - Reply

      Thanks for flagging this Patricia, I am in the process of replacing part of my website and it is playing havoc with some of my recipes 🙂

  7. Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. April 14, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I received an InstantPot for Christmas but it’s still in the box if you can believe it! I keep collecting recipes for it, though. I’m adding this to my collection!

    • Brian Jones April 16, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

      Haha, quit collecting recipes and have a play… I’m far from being an evangelist but price of entry has been worth it for the stock alone 😀

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