Slow-Cooker Italian Shredded Pork

A little prep makes for a delicious, hearty, slow-cooked comfort meal that will warm you up on a cold day. Great to serve over polenta, or try serving the shredded pork on hoagie buns or in a baked tortilla shell —perfect for a game day party.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 4 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 7
  • servings 10
 

Ingredients

2
tablespoons vegetable oil
1
boneless pork shoulder (2 to 2 1/2 lb), trimmed of fat
2
cups chopped yellow onions
3
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
cup chopped celery
1/2
teaspoon Italian seasoning
1
pouch (9 oz) Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ fire-roasted tomato cooking sauce

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  • 1 Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 7 to 8 minutes or until browned on all sides. Place pork in slow cooker.
  • 2 Add onions, garlic and celery to skillet; cook over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in Italian seasoning and cooking sauce; cook 2 minutes. Pour mixture into slow cooker, covering pork.
  • 3 Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 to 5 hours or until pork is tender.
  • 4 Remove pork from slow cooker to plate or cutting board. Shred pork, using 2 forks; discard any fat. Return pork to slow cooker; stir to coat with sauce. If desired, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • 1 Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pork; cook 7 to 8 minutes or until browned on all sides. Place pork in slow cooker.
  • 2 Add onions, garlic and celery to skillet; cook over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in Italian seasoning and cooking sauce; cook 2 minutes. Pour mixture into slow cooker, covering pork.
  • 3 Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 to 5 hours or until pork is tender.
  • 4 Remove pork from slow cooker to plate or cutting board. Shred pork, using 2 forks; discard any fat. Return pork to slow cooker; stir to coat with sauce. If desired, season to taste with salt and pepper.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

Use a slotted spoon to drain some of the extra liquid when serving shredded pork.

You can buy precooked prepared polenta, usually in a tube. Check the Italian section of the grocery store or near the rice mixes. Prepare creamy polenta as directed on the package and top with shredded or grated Parmesan cheese for even more flavor.

Other serving suggestions include: Serve in baked tortilla shell and top with sour cream, shredded lettuce, cheese, tomato, black olives and jalapenos. Or, top toasted hoagie buns with shredded pork for a nice sandwich.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
(
Calories from Fat
100),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
95mg
95%;
Total Carbohydrate
5g
5%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
14g
14%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%;
Vitamin C
2%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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