Southwestern Pork & Pasta Recipe
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Southwestern Pork & Pasta Recipe

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This filling dish is packed with family-pleasing flavor. “Also try it with boneless, skinless chicken breast instead of pork.” Nicole Filizetti - Jacksonville, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • Sour cream

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 465 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 1,098 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 31 g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook pork in oil in batches over medium heat for 6-7 minutes or until juices run clear; return all to the pan. Add onions and garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, corn, salsa and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Drain pasta; add to pork mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Serve desired amount of pasta with sour cream. Cool remaining pasta; transfer to freezer containers. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen pasta: Thaw in the refrigerator. Place in an ungreased shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Pork & Pasta in Simple & Delicious March/April 2010, p17

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups equals 465 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 1,098 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 31 g protein.

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Serves 10? Really. Sounds good but even half of this is to much."

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"Great recipe. Makes alot"

Reviewed Aug. 12, 2010

"I just copied the recipe......I have not had a chance to even purchase the pork, let alone to prepare, then eat this dish."

Reviewed May. 13, 2010

"This was soooo good! It makes a whole lot, so next time, I'll cut the recipe in half. I opted to not use pasta, and served it over a baked potato instead. With a nice dollop of sour cream, it's absolutely delicious. This recipe is a keeper for sure!!"

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