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The recipe looked easy enough, but who knew it was so hard to find pappardelle? After two grocery stores and a failed attempt at finding a specialty Italian market I'd heard of that I was hoping might have fresh pappardelle, I found it at Trader Joe's. I picked up two 8oz. packages at $1.99 each. I also could not find "smoked salt" and substituted kosher salt and a little bit of paprika instead. Next time, I might try The Meat House for the smoked salt.
Everything turned out lovely. The pork was falling-apart-tender as I tried to transfer it to a casserole to shred, and the house smelled amazing. I highly recommend this on a chilly fall evening with good friends and family. To try and be a little healthy, I served it with a side of kale tossed in, olive oil, vegetable stock, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper. This recipe is easy to follow but takes 3 hours to braise. If you're stuck at home because your toddler has an afternoon naptime, it works out perfectly. Get the recipe here. :)