Italian Pork Stew Recipe
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Italian Pork Stew Recipe

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"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
MAKES:8 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours
MAKES: 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

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.


  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).
Originally published as Italian Pork Stew in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p47

Full-Bodied Red Wine

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

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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!!!"

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