Simple Pork Stew


Today’s recipe is what happened when I was cleaning out the fridge and cabinets the other day.
The result was a delicious and hearty Italian inspired pork stew with lots of flavor, and the best part: it’s super simple to make!

We’ve been renovating parts of the house lately, which has had some impact on the grocery shopping routines (read “full blown chaos”).
Meal planning has not been prioritized, and when it was closing up on dinner time a few days ago I found myself scratching my head…I had absolutely no idea what to cook!
Truth be told, I’m not very good at planning my meals ahead usually either. I actually prefer to cook with what is available and come up with ideas along the way…given that there’s plenty of ingredients to choose from.
When you realize there’s hardly anything available it’s not as much fun.
Anyway…I started to, slightly stressed out, look through the fridge and cabinets hoping there should be something at all at hand.
…the ingredient list for this recipe was pretty much the complete inventory.
Despite the self-inflicted, yet unfortunate, situation it turned out to be a really delicious dinner that I’ll have no problems making again (and again)!

I also had some kale in the fridge and I was first about to add it to the stew…then I figured I’d rather serve it as a side so I quickly fried it in ghee with garlic, salt and pepper instead…good decision!

Here’s what I did:

Simple Pork Stew

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time1 hour
Total time1 hours, 10 minutes
Compliance Paleo, Primal, Whole30
Meal type Main Dish
Main ingredient Pork
A simple, italian inspired, pork stew with lots of flavor!

What you need:

  • 3lb (1.3 kg) pork (such as ham or tenderloin), (cubed)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 25-30 champignon mushrooms
  • 1 cup (2.5 dl) olives
  • 2 cups (5 dl) crushed tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 0.5 tablespoon black pepper (fresh, coarsely ground)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • clarified butter / ghee (for frying)

What to do:

1Melt the clarified butter in a dutch oven.
2Put all spices in a mortar and grind until the bay leaf is pulverized.
3Place the cubed pork and spices in the dutch oven and quickly give it some color.
4Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, mushrooms, and tomato paste and fry for a few more minutes.
5Add the crushed tomatoes, reduce the heat a bit and let simmer for 45-60 minutes.
6Towards the end, add the olives.
7Serve, eat and enjoy!
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