Slow-Cooker Pork Ditalini Stew

Everyone knows that slow cookers can be a lifesaver on harried days, and few cuts of meat are better suited to the device than savory pork shoulder (also known as Boston butt), which turns supremely tender after a day of low and slow simmering. A handful of baby spinach adds a pop of freshness and color to the mix—but a bag of frozen spinach or kale would work in a pinch, too. Stirring some bite-size ditalini (or any petite, short pasta) into the rich tomato and chicken stock at the end of cooking gives the dish an appealing, comforting texture and transforms it into a colorful and convenient one-pot slow cooker meal that's as perfect for a weeknight family dinner as it is for a Sunday afternoon watching the big game. Trust us, this satisfying but surprisingly light dish is going to quickly become one of your new staples.

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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 374 calories
    • Fat 15 g
    • Sat Fat 6 g
    • Cholesterol 76 mg
    • Sodium 1653 mg
    • Protein 28 g
    • Carbohydrate 30 g
    • Sugar 5 g
    • Fiber 3 g
    • Iron 4 mg
    • Calcium 154 mg
Everyone knows that slow cookers can be a lifesaver on harried days, and few cuts of meat are better suited to the device than savory pork shoulder (also known as Boston butt), which turns supremely tender after a day of low and slow simmering. A handful of baby spinach adds a pop of freshness and color to the mix—but a bag of frozen spinach or kale would work in a pinch, too. Stirring some bite-size ditalini (or any petite, short pasta) into the rich tomato and chicken stock at the end of cooking gives the dish an appealing, comforting texture and transforms it into a colorful and convenient one-pot slow cooker meal that's as perfect for a weeknight family dinner as it is for a Sunday afternoon watching the big game. Trust us, this satisfying but surprisingly light dish is going to quickly become one of your new staples.

Ingredients

  1. Check pounds boneless pork shoulder roast 
(Boston butt), cut into 1-in. pieces
  2. Check 4 cups chicken broth
  3. Check 1 (28-oz.) can whole tomatoes, chopped, liquid reserved
  4. Check 6 garlic cloves, sliced
  5. Check ½ tablespoon crushed red pepper
  6. Check teaspoons kosher salt
  7. Check 6 ounces uncooked ditalini pasta
  8. Check 4 ounces baby spinach
  9. Check 2 ounces parmesan cheese, grated (about ½ cup)

Directions

  1. Combine the pork roast, broth, tomatoes and their liquid, garlic, red pepper, and salt in a 6- to 8-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 6 hours.
  2. Add the pasta; cover and cook 10 minutes. Add the spinach; cover and cook until the pasta is al dente, 2 minutes. Serve topped with the Parmesan.