Tuscan Pork Pasta with Romesco Sauce & Sweet Peppers
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Tuscan Pork Pasta

with Romesco Sauce & Sweet Peppers

25 MIN
2 Servings
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  • with Ground Pork
    includes 10 oz Antibiotic-Free Ground Pork View recipe
  • Make it Vegetarian
    remove Pork. Add 4 oz Tomatoes & 4 oz Mushrooms
  • Make it Vegetarian

    From the Test Kitchen

    For a savory boost of flavor, we’re finishing this rich pork pasta with two stir-ins: creamy mascarpone cheese and our romesco sauce (a bold, Spanish-style sauce made with almonds, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and more).

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    Dietary Information

    • Nutrition
    • Calories
      610 Cals (est.)
    Tuscan Pork Pasta with Romesco Sauce & Sweet Peppers
    • 6 oz Lumaca Rigata Pasta
    • 4 oz Sweet Peppers
    • 2 Scallions
    • 1 Tbsp Tuscan Spice Blend (Ground Fennel Seeds, Whole Fennel Seeds, Ground Rosemary & Ground Sage)
    • ¼ tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
    • 3 Tbsps Romesco Sauce (Contains Almonds)
    • 2 Tbsps Tomato Paste
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 2 Tbsps Mascarpone Cheese
    • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 4 oz Mushrooms
    • 4 oz Grape Tomatoes

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores. Halve lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Thinly slice the mushrooms. Halve the tomatoes.

    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente (slightly tender to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

    Cook the pasta
    Cook the vegetables & start the sauce
    3 Cook the vegetables & start the sauce

    Meanwhile, in a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the sliced mushrooms in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the chopped garlic, sliced white bottoms of the scallions, sliced peppers, halved tomatoes, 1/4 of the spice blend (you will have extra), and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened.

    4 Finish the sauce

    Add the tomato paste to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Add 1/2 cup of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened and the pork is cooked through. Turn off the heat.

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

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

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