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White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu

White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu ~ Tender slow cooked pork over penne pasta and white beans in a simple tomato based sauce. White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu ~ Tender slow cooked pork over penne pasta and white beans in a simple tomato based sauce. 

(This recipe has been updated from its original 9/24/14 publication for grammar, context, and corrected recipe layout; photography is original as is the majority of the text.)

My personal dietary weakness is pasta, then rice.  If you’ve read my about me page, or even a handful of my blog posts you know all about my having had gastric bypass surgery and carbs now being my arch nemesis (well, that and making gluten free zucchini fritters, but that’s another story for another time and perhaps a different type of arch nemesis.)

Recently, my friends’ had a baby and being the good former Mormon that I am, I offered to bring them a meal.  They aren’t Mormon either and turns out, were unaccustomed to this gesture that both their neighbors’ and I offered them.
When I get the opportunity to make dinner for another, particularly those without any food restrictions, I often let my pasta flag fly. This White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu is recipe I only experience a wee bit of guilt while eating, I mean look at all that protein in there!

White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu ~ Tender slow cooked pork over penne pasta and white beans in a simple tomato based sauce. 

This dish had just about everything I love most in life (food wise) sans dark chocolate (or brownies).  Pasta, red sauce, pork, white beans, cheese, and veggies or White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu.  I love serving meals like this family style, all in one big bowl that gets passed around the table. That’s how memories are made.

White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu ~ Tender slow cooked pork over penne pasta and white beans in a simple tomato based sauce. 

White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu ~ Tender slow cooked pork over penne pasta and white beans in a simple tomato based sauce. 

White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu

Course: Dinner/Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8
Author: Michelle De La Cerda

Tender slow cooked pork over penne pasta and white beans in a simple tomato based sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Pork Roast; cooked and shredded (about 5 cups)
  • 1 lb penne
  • 2 large carrots; chopped
  • 2 ribs celery; chopped
  • 1 medium onion; chopped
  • 4 oz mushrooms; sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic; minced/grated
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups broth from cooked roast
  • tsp Italian seasonings
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2-15 oz cans white beans; drained and rinsed
  • Pasta water (+/- ¼ cup)
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Slow cook the pork roast in seasoned water/broth on low for 4-6 hours or until it has fallen apart.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. In a large sauté pan or casserole with olive oil over medium-high heat, add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic.
  4. Sauté for 3 minutes, then add the mushrooms and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, broth from the roast, and Italian seasonings.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium.
  7. Add the tomato paste, red pepper flakes and salt/pepper to taste.
  8. Add the shredded pork roast. Mix well.
  9. Add the cooked pasta and some of the pasta water as needed.
  10. Gently stir in the white beans and heat them through.
  11. Serve with Parmesan cheese and freshly chopped parsley (optional)
White Bean Penne with Pork Ragu ~ Tender slow cooked pork over penne pasta and white beans in a simple tomato based sauce. 

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  • The Food Hunter
    September 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

    you and i have similar food tastes…I love everything you make!

    • Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Ha! That is what I say to myself every time I am on your page. 🙂 Thank you.

  • lizzy
    September 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    This looks decadent :). Love it!

    • Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Thank you Lizzy, it’s a rich dish for sure.

  • Dan from Platter Talk
    September 24, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    We LOVE your site and are looking forward to following you. You’ve got talent! BTW, this dish looks incredibly inviting; very nicely done!

    • Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Thank you Dan. Your site is pretty awesome too! 6 boys! I can’t even imagine how you and Scott do it. I just have 1 girl.

  • Healing Tomato
    September 24, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Love this recipe. You take the best pics. 🙂

    • Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you HT! I am still learning with the pictures.

  • Brandie
    September 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    This looks wonderful and the perfect pasta dish to make for my family. I love serving pasta when everyone is at home and I can see this being a big hit with all of them.

    • Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you Brandie, hope you all enjoy it.

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
    September 24, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I could eat pasta every day!! This looks like great comfort food to bring to a friend.

    • Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Me too Erin. I’ll make the pasta, you make the treats!

  • Peabody
    September 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Looks like a great weeknight dinner.

    • Michelle
      September 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks Peabody, it really is.

  • Ginny McMeans
    September 25, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Wonderful mixture for a great comfort food dinner.

  • Alisa Fleming
    January 9, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Indeed, I have to admit, my husband has been gluten-free for a while and I never crave bread, but we both get a hankering for pasta at least once a week! I may have to add this one into our rotation.

    • Michelle
      January 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      I have no gluten issues (thankfully) but to try to cook GF as much as I can. But, sometimes, I have to give into the pasta.

  • Elizabeth
    April 30, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Looks so delicious!! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Did you cook the pork roast in a slow cooker?

    • Michelle De La Cerda
      April 30, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      I did, on low. Season to your preference, I used salt, pepper, and garlic only since other things would be added to the dish as a whole.

      • Elizabeth
        May 22, 2018 at 2:55 pm

        Thanks so much for getting back to me 🙂 I’ll be fixing this tomorrow (can’t wait)!! Did you add any liquid to the slow cooker?

        • Michelle De La Cerda
          May 23, 2018 at 10:49 pm

          Yes, just some chicken broth (unless you have the less common pork broth on hand.)