Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pork Stew with Fennel and Butternut Squash

  • 3 pounds 2-inch trimmed pork shoulder (Boston butt)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped thinly sliced pancetta (about 4 ounces)
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 large fresh fennel bulbs; fronds chopped and reserved, bulbs cut into 1-inch cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 20 1 1/2-inch cubes peeled butternut squash (part of 3-pound squash)
  • Place pork in a large bowl. Mix next 6 ingredients in small bowl; sprinkle over pork, turning pork to coat evenly. Let stand 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil in a large ovenproof pot over medium heat. Add pancetta and sauté until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to medium bowl. Add half of pork to pot, sauté until brown, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pork to bowl with pancetta. Repeat with the remaining pork. Add onions and garlics to pot, sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice, broth, wine and pork mixture. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits.
  • Cover pot, place in the oven. Cook stew for 1 hour. Add fennel bulbs, chopped fronds and squash cubes to stew. Cover and cook in oven until pork and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer meat and vegetables to large bowl; cover. Boil sauce over medium-high heat until thickened enough to coat spoon, about 25 minutes. Return pork and vegetables to sauce; season with salt and pepper. Serve over cooked noodles or by itself.
Note: Recipe was adapted from Epicurious.com


  1. This looks fantastic! I love recipes that contain more than one pork product! :) I'm bookmarking this for after I go to the grocery store!

  2. Seandainya aku suka pork,pasti ini YUmmY :) with these great spices ingredients !!

  3. This recipe looks interesting! I have never made stew out of pork, so this is definitely something to try.

  4. Oh, what I wouldn't do for a pork shoulder!!! This stew sounds great!

  5. Interesting combination! I've never had fennel with squash, but it sounds delicious.

  6. This looks good, but I've recently stopped eating pork because it's not as healthy as I orginally thought. In fact, even though it's called 'the other white meat' this is simply false advertising!
    Check this out: http://fitnessinformation.net/find-out-what-meat-is-red-meat

  7. Oohh! This looks so good right now!!! Send me a bowl please???