Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Southwestern Pork Penne

The southwestern flavors in this Pork Penne may make you feel like you are eating penne pasta in New Mexico rather than Rome.
Southwestern Pork Penne with Cheese
I love this meal when it is topped with fresh cilantro! Who else loves cilantro? Doesn't it make southwestern food taste better?

You can decide how much (if any) you want to sprinkle on. Even without it, the chili sauce and ground cumin are there as back-up to kick up the southwestern flavor!

Make ahead on the weekend, or whip up this single skillet meal in just under 30 minutes during the week. Dig in and enjoy!

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Southwestern Pork Penne

Makes: 4 to 6 Servings
Hands-on Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 8 oz / 227 g penne pasta
  • 1/2 lb / 227g lean ground pork
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup tomato based chili sauce
  • 1 can (18 oz / 540 ml) diced tomatoes with green pepper, celery and onion
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded marble cheese (optional)
  • cilantro leaves (optional)
In a large deep skillet, cook penne according to package directions. Drain pasta in a colander and set aside.

In the same deep skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil of canola oil over medium-heat until it is shimmering hot. Add pork. Cook and stir until pork is fully cooked, about 3 minutes. Add corn, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes and chili sauce. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes. Lightly season pork based sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Add cooked pasta. Toss to coat pasta with sauce. Turn off heat and sprinkle with cheese (if using) followed by cilantro (if using). Cover with lid to allow cheese to melt. Dig-in!

How to make Cook-a-Palooza's Southwestern Pork Penne

Brent Garell testing the food at College Recipe Cafe Brent Garell is the author of The Cook-a-Palooza Experience and 15-Minute Money Saving Meals for Students. When he's not filling his face with food, he's on the look-out for simple weeknight #mealprep solutions to fit healthy meals into his family's busy schedule. Let's see what works!

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