Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder Pasta Recipe

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Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder Pasta Recipe

This pork shoulder pasta sauce sports porchetta flavors, resulting in a rich, full-flavored meal. [Photographs: Jennifer Olvera]

Note: The sauce may be made ahead and frozen or stored in the refrigerator up to two days in advance.

  • Yield:Serves 6
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:10 hours


  • 2 1/2 pound bone-in pork shoulder
  • 8 ounces finely diced pancetta
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup dry red wine, such as Chianti
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole, peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted and crushed
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound tube-shaped pasta, cooked
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons zest from 1 lemon


  1. 1.

    Place pork shoulder, pancetta, onion, garlic, wine, tomatoes, bay leaves, crushed fennel, thyme and red pepper flakes in a slow cooker. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Stir to combine, cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

  2. 2.

    Remove pork from slow cooker and transfer to a platter or cutting board. Discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves from sauce. When pork cool enough to handle, shred meat and discard fat and bones. Return meat to sauce, and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings. Allow to warm through.

  3. 3.

    When ready to serve, toss sauce with cooked pasta and garnish with Parmesan and lemon zest.