Italian Braised Pork Shoulder


This Italian pork shoulder is a tasty, quick prep meal of braised meat that can be used in versatile ways. It can be assembled quickly in the morning or the night before for a slow cooker meal. You can add potatoes or other veggies for a stew, or reserve the liquid to pour over rice. My kids love the leftover liquids turned into gravy for mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins


  • 1 (2 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 1 red onion, diced

  • 1 shallot, chopped

  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 ½ cups red wine

  • 1 ½ cups beef broth

  • 1 cup tomato puree

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, with stems

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Rinse and dry pork roast. Season all sides with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add roast to the hot skillet; turn and sear until browned and crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer roast to a large lidded baking dish, leaving pan drippings in the skillet.

  4. Add carrots, onion, shallot, and garlic to the hot skillet and reduce heat to medium. Sauté in the pan drippings until onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes; do not overcook.

  5. Pour red wine, beef broth, and tomato purée over the roast in the baking dish. Add sautéed vegetables, parsley, and thyme.

  6. Cover and bake in the preheated oven until meat pulls apart easily, 2 to 3 hours.


Pork cushion can be used in place of pork shoulder. Do not remove any fatty tissue from the pork as it adds moisture and flavor to the dish.

Sweet onion can be used instead of red onion.

Instead of baking in the oven, you can cook in a slow cooker on Low for 6 to 7 hours or on High for 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

492 Calories
28g Fat
17g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 492
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 680mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 16mg 81%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 964mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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