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Italian Pork Stew Recipe

There are a lot of recipes for “Spezzatino di Maiale con Patate” out there.  This one is tried and tested and a favorite with the Travel and Home team. 

n my opinion, you are more than welcome to add your own flair to the recipe.  After all, that is what makes a “family recipe“.  (I love to add a little bit more Paprika, but this is for you to decide.)  

The Secret

Spezzatino is a traditional Italian recipe handed down from family to family.  I think it is very easy to make, especially for the beginner cook. Furthermore, the ingredients are stuff that you usually have on hand in the kitchen.

It should be noted that the important part of the recipe is to take your time and let it cook as per the time allocated in the recipe.  Do not hurry.  This will ensure soft and tender meat with a great gravy taste.

“Pork Stew with Potatoes” is a popular traditional Italian meal with young and old alike because the meat is tender. If you enjoy Italian cuisine this recipe is a reliable and easy family meal.
What is Spezzatino

Spezzatino di Maiale con Patate ala Travel-and-Home.

Stew of Pork with Potatoes

Cooking Time: 2 to 3 hours

Cuisine: Italian

Submitted By: Nonna Elena


Spezzatino di Maiale


  • 1 Red onion
  • 1 Celery
  • 1 small carrot
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil
  • 600 g Pork stewing meat, coated with approximately 100 g plain flour Pork shoulder lends itself for stewing because not only has it lost its connective tissue (which makes it ideal for long and slow cooking recipes) but it has lots of marbling (giving that extra flavor and keeping it moist).
  • 200 g Canned Italian tomatoes alternative: tomato puree
  • 1 cup Red wine
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • 1 l water
  • Paprika, to taste
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 600 g Potatoes, cut into cubes



Make a basic Italian Soffritto (The best flavor base for any sauce, soup, and/or stew).

  • Fry the onion, celery, and carrot – all chopped – in 4 tablespoons olive oil.


  • Add the Sofrito to the rest of the ingredients, EXCEPT the potatoes.
  • Cook on low heat for about 2 hours.  (For pork you can reduce the time to a minimum of 1 hour.)
  • Add the potato cubes and cook on low heat for another 45 minutes or until tender.
Serving suggestion

In Northern Italy, it is served with polenta or mashed potatoes.

I believe that when served with a nice glass of Italian wine, this is the perfect meal for a cold winter’s day.


  • You may want to add 1 tbsp sugar and ½ tsp oregano; and/or
  • You may add peas (to taste) with the potato cubes; and/or
  • Instead of serving it the same day, leave it overnight for the next day’s lunch or dinner. Like most stews, this dish is even tastier after a couple of hours.

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