Polenta with Pork Ragù Recipe

Guido Pedrelli
Guido Pedrelli
Italian Cuisine Expert and Food Blogger
Guido Pedrelli
Guido Pedrelli, the mastermind behind Nonna Box, has honed his culinary expertise for decades, inspired by family feasts in Emilia-Romagna. Mentored by his restaurateur nonna, he mastered Italian classics and furthered his skills with professional culinary studies in desserts and gelato making from Mec3. Today, he shares this rich legacy and authentic recipes through Nonna Box.
Expertise: Italian cuisine, Pasta, Pizza, Pastry, Dessert

Polenta is made from corn meal that is an ancient peasant food—in Northern Italy it is made with a harder consistency, cut and grilled and topped with a sauce, while in the center and South, it is served creamy, almost like American grits.

polenta with ragu

I made this recipe as a warm comforting dish with a slow-cooked pork ragú as a hearty sauce to pour over the slightly spicy polenta. I love the contrasts in textures and the delicious flavors that the pork and corn polenta create together. It is a rustic, earthy dish that can be made for an army of people, since both components can be made in large quantities.

Serve it at your next dinner party when it is cold outside, and you want some comforting food. Or make it vegetarian, with a mushroom ragú, that lightens up the dish but remains super flavorful.

Other meat sauce recipes:

polenta with ragu

Polenta with Pork Ragu

A delicious polenta recipe that will be the perfect dish for your family!
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Course: Secondi
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 449kcal



  • 2 pounds pork ribs country style cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 large garlic cloves coarsely minced
  • 1/2 cup Chianti wine
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary fresh
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley finely chopped


  • 1 1/2 cups coarse polenta uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pecorino romano freshly grated, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley finely chopped



  • Season the pork with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Cook the pork, turning often, until evenly browned for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Transfer to a platter and drain off pan drippings. Wipe out any burned bits from the pot but leave the golden brown pieces to flavor the sauce.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook stirring continuously until the onion is translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the wine and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, rosemary and thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the meat to the pan and mix it with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to very low and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.


  • Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
  • While whisking gently, slowly pour the polenta into the boiling water.
  • Turn down the heat to low and whisk continuously until the polenta has thickened enough that it doesn’t settle back on the bottom of the pan when you stop stirring.
  • Stir vigorously every 1 minute or so, making sure to scrape the sides, bottom, and corners of the pan. Cook 30 minutes for softer polenta or 40 minutes for thicker polenta.
  • Stir in the Pecorino Romano and butter.
  • Place the polenta covering the bottom of the plate and pour the Pork Ragú on top. Garnish with finely chopped parsley.
  • Serve immediately.
Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1046mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 2mg
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2 Responses to “Polenta with Pork Ragù Recipe”

  1. Melodi says:

    Recipe sounds delicious but you don’t state when to return the meat back to the saucepan?

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