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Braised pork ribs with savoy cabbage

A typical recipe from Lombardia, in the North of Italy. I would define it a lighter version of "cassoeula", one of the iconic dishes from Milan. Perfect for your cold winter days. Enjoy!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Lombarda, Regional
Keyword: easy, energetic, tasty
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 450kcal
Author: Roberto
Cost: $3

Equipment

  • a knife
  • a chopping board
  • a pan with a lid (I use my dutch oven)

Ingredients

  • 800 gr pork ribs cut into halves for easier cooking
  • 1 savoy cabbage
  • 1 onion
  • 200 gr tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 glass vegetable broth
  • q.s. salt (optional) I don't add any
  • q.s. black pepper (optional) I add some

Instructions

  • Choose a large, blonde onion. Chop it roughly and start gently roasting it in a pan, with 2 tablespoons of EVO oil.
    Braised pork ribs with savoy cabbage - onion
  • After 10-15 minutes, the onion should change color and become slightly transparent. Time to add the pork ribs and roast each side of them. The heat now is less gentle, but not too much (pay attention not to burn the onion).
    Braised pork ribs with savoy cabbage - raw pork ribs
  • After 15 minutes, the roasting should be completed. This is important since it will keep the meat juices inside during the long cooking phase.
    Braised pork ribs with savoy cabbage - roasted pork ribs
  • While the meat is roasting, wash and cut the savoy cabbage.
    Braised pork ribs with savoy cabbage - cutting the cabbage
  • Time for the King ingredient of this dish, the savoy cabbage! Add it to the pan and pour about 1 glass of vegetable broth. Cover with the lid and cook at low heat for about 30 minutes.
    Braised pork ribs with savoy cabbage - adding the cabbage
  • After this time, add the tomato sauce, salt (optional, I prefer not to) and black pepper (optional, I do). Gently mix, add some more vegetable broth if you think it is too dry, and cover with the lid again. Gently cook it for about 2 hours.
    Braised pork ribs with savoy cabbage - adding the tomato sauce
  • It will be ready when the meat effortless separates from the bone. Your dish is ready to be enjoyed with some good homemade bread!
    Braised pork ribs with savoy cabbage - enjoy