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Italian Pork Stew Recipe

Italian Pork Stew Recipe

"Don't skip the anchovy paste! It gives a good, salty flavor, but doesn't taste fishy at all. Add a salad and crusty bread for an incredible meal." Lynne German, Cumming, GA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon each dried oregano, basil and sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Hot cooked bow tie pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Place flour in a large resealable plastic bag. Add pork, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a Dutch oven, brown pork in 3 tablespoons oil in batches. Remove and keep warm.
  • 2. In the same pan, saute onion in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, wine, bay leaves, cinnamon, tomato paste, vinegar, anchovy paste, herbs, salt, pepper flakes, pepper and pork; bring to a boil.
  • 3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley. Cover and cook 30-40 minutes longer or until meat is tender. Skim fat; discard bay leaves and cinnamon.
  • 4. Serve with pasta; sprinkle with cheese.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of cooled stew in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without pasta and cheese) equals 256 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 59 mg cholesterol, 349 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Italian Pork Stew

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Reviewed Nov. 21, 2015

"This is a little tangy and had too much cinnamon. I think the people in my house would prefer it without the vinegar and cinnamon. Hot sauce helped."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2015

"Very Good!!!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2015

"I have made this both ways - with wine and with beef broth several times. My coworkers prefer it with the wine, but since my husband likes it better with beef broth, that is how I make it most often. I was often asked to bring this to soup and salad days at work; since I am now retired, I am just making this for hubby and me."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2014

"Uniquely flavored pork dish. Enjoyed when we first made but wasn't as impressed with the leftovers."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"This is absolutely wonderful! The house smelled so good while it was simmering, and what heavenly flavor! This is going in my husband's "Favorites" TOH Recipe Box file! Made it as is, didn't change a thing!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2012

"Everyone at home loved this! So hearty and delicious, the flavor was wonderful!!! I didn't have the parmesan and instead of the parsley, I used italian seasoning. Will be making again soon!!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2012

"This is a fall and winter staple in our house. Even my 7 year old loves it. Instead of serving it over pasta, I add a can of canellini beans or garbanzo beans during the last half hour of cooking."

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"I've made this stew several times and realized that I have not written my review. It is simmering as I write! Excellent, just excellent!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"Great flavor!! I followed the recipe except I put it into the crock pot instead of simmering on the stove. I doubled it for our church pot luck and came home with only two small servings left."

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"Excellent recipe. Next time I will serve with rice instead of pasta."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"I have made it several times as written with pork and love it. It is equally good with venison."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"I made this for a recipe exchange and it has continued to be requested everytime I make something."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2010

"Made it just as written- it is fabulous!!! The cinnamon gives it a little extra "warmth.""

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2010

"I added safron to this recipe & about 1/2 cup of red wine and it was great. I also served it with rice instead of the pasta."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"Very good recipe, I deleted the anchovy paste and cinnamon didn't need it and the taste was wonderful."

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2010

"super meal for cold winter evening! Substituted canned Italian Stewed tomatoes with the extra seasonings. Skipped the anchovy paste and used ketchup instead of the tomatoe yummy"

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"Definitely a keeper. The only change is that I baked it in the oven at 325 degrees for about 2 hours instead of simmering on the stovetop. As usual, even better the next day!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.