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Southwestern Pork & Pasta

 Southwestern Pork & Pasta
This filling dish is packed with family-pleasing flavor. “Also try it with boneless, skinless chicken breast instead of pork.” Nicole Filizetti - Jacksonville, Florida
10 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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,

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Southwestern Pork & Pasta (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • salsa and spices. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered,
  • for 5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Serve desired amount of pasta with sour cream. Cool remaining pasta;
  • transfer to freezer containers. Cover and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • 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.
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.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.