Orange-scented Pork and Veggie Stew

Fragrant and flavorful, Orange-Scented Pork is an easy meal to put together for families or guests. Be sure to include the fresh mint listed in the recipe, which is especially pleasing with fresh carrots. Besides noodles, this dish is good served with rice, mashed potatoes or grits.

2½ pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch cubes*

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil or more if needed

2 cups diced (1/4-inch) onions

1 tablespoon finely minced garlic

1 (28-ounce) can (2 cups) peeled Italian plum tomatoes, drained and chopped

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

Zest of 1 orange, removed in 1 long strip with a sharp paring knife

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup dry white wine

4 carrots, halved lengthwise then cut into 1-inch lengths and cooked for 3 minutes

4 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

Noodles for serving

Season pork generously with salt and pepper. Place the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and brown the pork in batches, about 6 minutes per batch. Remove to a bowl and set aside. Reduce the heat to low, adding more oil as needed, and cook the onions and garlic until wilted, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes, sugar, orange zest, chicken broth and white wine. Return pork to the pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 1 hour. Stir in carrots and 2 tablespoons of the mint; season with salt and pepper. Cook until pork is tender, about 15 minutes longer. Remove and discard orange zest. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of mint and serve over noodles. Makes about 6 servings.

*Kitchen Ade Note: When shopping for the pork shoulder, look for “pork shoulder butt” or “Boston butt.” Cooked properly, your pork will be “fall-apart” tender.

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