Pork & Mushroom Pasta with Spinach & Parmesan
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Pork & Mushroom Pasta

with Spinach & Parmesan

30 MIN
4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

This pasta dish highlights earthy mushrooms and verdant spinach, which we’re cooking with rich ground pork and a touch of Calabrian chile paste a touch of heat. We're tossing it all with deliciously tender bites of mafalda pasta and a hint of mascarpone cheese for a creamy, cooling finish.
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Pork & Mushroom Pasta with Spinach & Parmesan
Title
  • 18 oz Ground Pork
  • ¾ lb Mafalda Pasta
  • ½ lb Mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp Capers
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 oz Salted Butter
  • ¼ cup Mascarpone Cheese
  • ¼ cup Tomato Paste
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1½ tsps Calabrian Chile Paste
  • 5 oz Baby Spinach
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (Whole Dried Basil, Sage, Oregano, Savory, Rosemary, Thyme & Marjoram)
Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic.

Cook the pork
2 Cook the pork

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pork. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Season with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

Cook the pasta
3 Cook the pasta

Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

Make the sauce
4 Make the sauce

Meanwhile, in the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Add the chopped garlic and capers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until softened. Add the tomato paste and as much of the chile paste as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Finish the pasta & serve your dish
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the spinach, sauce, cooked pork, butter, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the parmesan. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients
1 Prepare the ingredients

Fill a large pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic.

2 Cook the pork

In a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the pork. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Season with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning. Continue to cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 4 to 5 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. Leaving any browned bits (or fond) in the pan, transfer to a plate.

Cook the pork
Cook the pasta
3 Cook the pasta

Meanwhile, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

4 Make the sauce

Meanwhile, in the pan of reserved fond, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned. Add the chopped garlic and capers; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until softened. Add the tomato paste and as much of the chile paste as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened. Turn off the heat. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Make the sauce
Finish the pasta & serve your dish
5 Finish the pasta & serve your dish

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the spinach, sauce, cooked pork, butter, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted and the pasta is coated (if necessary, gradually add the remaining cooking water to ensure the pasta is thoroughly coated). Turn off the heat. Stir in the mascarpone until combined. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Serve the finished pasta topped with the parmesan. Enjoy!

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