Servings: Makes 6-8 servings
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season the roast with salt and pepper. Add to the pot and cook, turning occasionally, until the roast is browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer the roast to a plate.
Heat more oil in the pot, if needed. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes and their purée, the oregano and the basil. Return the roast to the pot and bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Simmer, occasionally turning the roast in the sauce, until the meat is fork tender, about 2 hours.
Transfer the meat to a platter. Remove the pot from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Skim off any fat that rises to the surface of the sauce. Carve the meat and pour the sauce on top. Serve hot.
From the Fall 2004 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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