Ok, I realise winter is over and the need for ‘comfort food’ is on the decline but just hear me out. A month into spring and we have only seen a handful of ‘spring’ days and with more rain and coolish weather forecast for the weekend (at least on my side of the world) winter has over stayed its welcome. So what can you do to overcome the extended winter blues? Pick up your phone, call your friends, invite them over this weekend, bring out the red wine and then head to the shops and pick up the ingredients below. The most fantastic thing about this recipe is the fact that all the hard work (I use the term hard work very loosely here) will be done before your friends even arrive, all that will be left to do is cook some pasta, plate it up and enjoy a nice glass of red wine with your friends. This dish really is the definition of comfort food, its warming, hearty, smells amazing, tastes even better and will make even the coldest evenings enjoyable… Plus it gives you an excuse to enjoy a red wine or two (any excuse will do right 😉 ).
This dish will easily serve 6 people with a good amount of ragu each, if there’s more people, cook more pasta and there will still be plenty of ragu to go around. What to do if your friends have already made plans? Dinner for two or a nice family dinner is in order. There will be lots of left overs to go around but this ragu will make an awesome lasagne so don’t waste it! 🙂 I’d recommend serving this with a nice leafy salad just to help cut through some of the richness. Allow 4 hours for the ragu to cook and develop its amazing array of flavours. Just remember we spend a lot of time eating and it should be an enjoyable experience.
Pork Ragu with Pappardelle
What you’ll need: