I’m sure you have all tried pork ribs, pork roast and pork chops but have you ever had pork with pasta? I usually mix my ground pork with other meats but rarely have it on its own.
I felt too lazy to step out to the grocery store the other day to buy more cooking ingredients so I took a look to see what I had in my fridge and pantry. Surprisingly, I realized I had enough things on hand to come up with a new recipe. Sadly, there are many people who don’t try mixing new ingredients together for fear of screwing things up and just stick to the same old, same old recipes.
One thing about me is I hate wasting food and whatever leftovers I have, I usually try to re-purpose them and create a new recipe. In Canada about 30 million pounds of food is wasted per year at various points in the food supply chain and about 50% of that is household waste, so when you buy food, don’t throw it out, roll up your sleeves, take a deep breath and make something new.
Besides zucchini, this recipe has a great mix of herbs and spices in a tomato sauce plus some red pepper flakes and Jalapeño Monterey Jack cheese for a little extra kick. Feel free to try it with your favorite pasta to mix things up. Mine turned out amazing the first time and I’m sure you’re going to love this one a lot.
- 2 1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta *SEE FOOTNOTE
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
- 1 large clove garlic, pressed
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (13.5 oz.) tomato sauce
- 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves
- 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
- 1 tsp. dried rosemary, chopped
- 1 tsp. garlic salt, or more to taste (optional)
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste
- 1/4 cup Monterey Jack Jalapeño cheese, grated
- 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
FOOTNOTE: If your pasta is already cooked and you don't want them to stick together, add a little olive oil and toss lightly.