by Debra Wysopal

Alison Romans’ Nothing Fancy is an amazing new cookbook that I just added to my rotation – do this one – with minimal prep, this is a foolproof, inexpensive yet fantastic company-worthy dinner that is mostly hands off and fills the house with delicious smells. It’s slightly spicy and slightly sweet, melt in your mouth perfection. I absolutely love the beans, they get super creamy and slightly crispy and are the perfect compliment to the meat. We ate it tonight by the fire, planning on leftovers for lunch. Ok, I lied, my husband ate it in front of the Pats game, but he did build a fire.


Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.9/5
( 38 voted )


  • 4lb boneless pork shoulder or butt (either works here)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup harissa paste
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 TBS tomato paste
  • 3 heaping TBS of light brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Season pork all over with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and place in a large dutch oven. Combine the harissa, sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, sugar and garlic in a medium bowl. Slather mixtures all over the pork and add water, careful not to wash away the rub. Place the lid on the pot and roast, until the pork is nearly falling-apart tender, 3 - 31/2 hours. 

Remove the lid, add the beans to the sides of the pot, and season with salt and pepper.  Increase the oven temp to 425 degrees, return pot to oven, uncovered. Roast until the beans have soaked up most if not all of the liquid and the top of the pork is caramelized, about 45 minutes. 

Serve with a simple sauteed or roasted green on the side.  Crusty bread would be fantastic. 


You can certainly make this ahead, it reheats beautifully.

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Judith Lais December 8, 2019 - 8:11 pm

Hi Deb, where can I get harissa paste? Thanks.

Debra Wysopal December 8, 2019 - 8:27 pm

Hi Judith! Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Wegmans, Amazon – all have a Harrisa. You can you a sauce or a paste for this recipe, same measurements.

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