Prep Time 15 minutesCook Time 8 hours 45 minutes


What could be better than a meal that’s waiting for you when you get home? With a bit of chopping and mixing before you leave in the morning, dinner can be served almost as soon as you return. In its rich tomato base seasoned lightly with herbs and spices, our extra-tender slow-cooked pork is comfort food at its best.
Serves: 10


by Joy Howard

What you’ll need

  • 2 large carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 4 pounds meaty pork spareribs or baby back ribs,cut into pieces of 3 to 4 ribs each
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • Cooked egg noodles or pasta of your choice

How to make it

  1. In a large slow cooker, combine the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Place the meat over the vegetables, overlapping as necessary,

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the tomatoe sauce, broth, vinegar, oregano, thyme, and salt. Pour the mixture over the ribs, then cover and cook on low until the meat is tender and begins to separate from the bone, 6 to 8 hours.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove the ribs from the sauce and let them cool slightly. Remove the meat from the bones and shred it.

  4. In a small cup, whisk together the flour and water until smooth. If needed, skim the fat from the pot, then stir the mixture into the sauce. Increase the heat to high and cook uncovered, until thickened, about 15 minutes. Stir in the meat, and heat 5 minutes more. Serve the ragu over egg noodles or pasta.

Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine