Christening the Le Creuset with Pork Ragu


braised pork ragu

For last year’s birthday, I received a Le Creuset 5 1/2-quart French Oven. Except that it wasn’t an actual French oven, but an image of said oven printed on a small piece of paper and hand-delivered by my kids. I very much appreciated this gesture because we were knee deep in the kitchen renovation at the time, and D knew that I would need to weigh the pros and cons of every. single. color. available. to. me. (So many colors! Go Go Gadget Decision-Maker!)

With the renovation and the move, I honestly forgot about my present-to-be until a few weeks ago when we were traveling to Palm Springs for Easter. We noticed a Le Creuset outlet in Cabazon while driving home, so on the windiest day ever, we armed the kids with Auntie Anne’s pretzels (all little hands need to be preoccupied so they do NOT touch the merchandise), and dropped in for a bit. Well, that Caribbean blue shade was speaking my language, so we pulled the trigger.

Best part? The store was having a Easter holiday promotion, giving you the chance to choose a plastic egg from a bowl containing an additional discount. Since I don’t consider myself the luckiest, I had Wita choose for me, and man, did she deliver. An extra 30% off! I think we ended up paying $160.

She’s a beauty, right?

le creuset caribbean

I decided to christen her with the Braised Pork Ragu with Pappardelle recipe from Dinner: A Love Story.

Um, yeah, it was good. (Even Wito ate it. I’m still blinking my eyes in amazement.)

So, tell me, what else should I be making in this gorgeous piece of cookware?



  1. Is the Le Creuset outlet not the best? We have gotten many bargains there. Bill made Tom Collichio’s short ribs in our French oven not too long ago and they were AMAZING.
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  2. Mine gets put to good use all summer making homemade baked beans. Amazing and far better than anything out of a can. I also use it all the time to make this (although it is more of a winter dish) –

  3. Michelle says:

    Crusty bread! Can you ever go wrong with crusty bread?

  4. That is one fine-looking pot! Loveee the color!

  5. Love that color! You should make EVERYTHING in your new pot; I use mine constantly. It’s great for soups, of course, but I second the short ribs suggestion, and recommend this recipe which is one of my go-tos (I only use half the oranges called for):

  6. Rachel Rains says:

    Le Creuset is always a great purchase! Their website has lots of great recipes, and the Pioneer Woman uses L C so she always has good ideas.

  7. Beef stew and pork ribs are my favorite Dutch (French!) oven things. YUM.

  8. Um, what SHOULDN’T you be making? I have four LC French ovens (and yes, they are breaking my kitchen shelves, why do you ask?) and I use them for everything. Bolognese, Beef Stew, Homemade Bread, Waterzooi, Chicken Cobbler Pot Pie … even caramel sauce, since the light bottom makes it really easy to judge the color.
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  9. Do not pause, just order “All About Braising,” by Molly Stevens. It is, hands down, my favorite cookbook. In fact, I mentioned it in my post today – for probably the twelfth time in the history of my blog. It’s absolutely fantastic.
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