Saturday, October 15, 2011

October 15, 2011: Leftover Pork Roast Pasta Recipe

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How many times do you prepare a meal one night and find yourself with just a little bit of it left over? This happens to me a lot – particularly when I make a pork roast but there are also times when I have a single leftover chicken thigh or smoked sausage.

The question is what can you do with them? If you don’t want to eat leftovers the next day for lunch or dinner, then your task is to repurpose them. Here’s an easy way to do so.

There’s not a hard and fast recipe for using leftovers to make a pasta dish. I’ll share with you what I did with mine the other night (and this concoction used up a whole bunch of other little bits and pieces, too):

Leftover Pork and Pasta

4 ounces penne pasta
1 t. olive oil
¼ red bell pepper, thinly sliced
2 green onions, sliced on the diagonal
3 mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 small slices leftover pork loin roast, cubed
¼ cup chopped tomato (I used a couple cherry tomatoes)
½ jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
6 - 7 black olives, sliced
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 leaves basil, chiffonade sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
Shaved Parmesan cheese (use a vegetable peeler)

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

Heat the olive oil to medium in a heavy skillet. Add the bell pepper, onions, and mushrooms. Cook just until slightly softened. Add pork, tomato, black olives and artichoke hearts. Heat through (mixture will be moist from tomatoes and artichoke hearts). Turn heat to low and add cream.

Divide pasta between two plates or bowls. Top each with half of vegetable mixture, basil, freshly ground black pepper, and shaved curls of Parmesan cheese.

This is just one example of a leftover pasta dish. Tomorrow I’ll share additional combinations of meat, vegetables, pasta and sauces that will work with just about any leftovers in your fridge.

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