This is a hearty and flavorful dish that reminds me of my father’s Sunday Gravy. He often put pork neck bones in his gravy. The flavor they imparted was huge and though an acquired taste, sucking on the bones is truly wonderful.
I recently made an enormous pot of his gravy filled with homemade meatballs and some good Italian sausage. I packaged the sauce in various containers including several that were just gravy. I thought plain gravy would make a great blank canvas.
I started thinking about pork and how it made gravy taste amazing. I didn’t have any neck bones, but I did have a good size package of country pork ribs in the freezer. It seemed like a workable swap . After browning the ribs, I opted to braise them in the sauce. I added some extra onions and garlic along with some fennel seed and red pepper flakes.
In less than 2 hours I had tender falling off the bone pork and a sauce that had incredible depth of flavor. Served with rigatoni lightly coated with some of the sauce and a generous grating of Parmesan, it was heaven.
No Sunday gravy on hand? I won’t think any less of you if you opt for your own Marinara or even sauce from a jar. Bone in ribs give the most flavor, but boneless will work in a pinch.You could also add extra veggies to the sauce. Fennel bulb, Peppers, Zucchini, or Eggplant would fit right in.