I had a pound of ground pork, calling to me from the refrigerator. I bought it with the intention of making a meatloaf. The days have been cooler and it seemed like a good idea, at the time. But….I didn’t feel like meatloaf! Nope, I just wasn’t feeling it!
Maybe it was the homegrown tomatoes sitting on the kitchen counter that got my attention and made the desire for a pasta dish hit me. They were perfectly ripe and I knew the flavor was wonderful, so my little pound of ground pork became the basis for this pasta skillet.
I have seen many recipes for something similar but they all seem to call for Italian sausage. While I have nothing against using a pre seasoned sausage, I enjoy doing my own thing. I like the control and I wanted this to have a fresh flavor… It just works for me. I garnished my pasta with fresh basil and a blend of Italian cheese.
I didn’t cook my sauce for hours either. I wanted the flavors to blend, but I didn’t want to lose the fresh taste. If you use canned tomatoes you can still get a fresh flavor if you don’t cook the sauce a long time. Then there are those times when you need to simmer a sauce for hours, but that’s another post.
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Pork Penne Skillet
1 lb. ground pork
2 Tbsp butter or olive oil
2 onions, chopped
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 Cups chopped fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 Cup red wine (optional)
1 lb. penne or pasta of your choice
Brown the pork in butter or olive oil. Add the onions and saute for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic during the last minute or so.
Stir in the remaining ingredients except for the pasta.
Simmer for about 30 min.
Cook pasta separately. Serve with the sauce over the pasta.
Garnish with Fresh Sweet Basil and Italian cheese.