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Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet Recipe

Barbecue Pork and Penne Skillet Recipe

I'm the proud mother of wonderful and active children. Simple, delicious and quick meals like this are perfect for us to enjoy together after errands, school activities and soccer practice are over. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) refrigerated fully cooked barbecued shredded pork
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with mild green chilies, undrained
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions


  • 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute red pepper and onion in butter and oil until tender. Add garlic; saute 1 minute longer. Stir in the pork, tomatoes, broth, cumin, pepper and salt; heat through.
  • 2. Drain pasta. Add pasta and cheese to pork mixture; stir until blended. Sprinkle with green onions.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled pasta mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Place in a shallow microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high until heated through. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 428 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 903mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein.

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jpmcatsx3 User ID: 5098913 270288
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2017

"Excellent recipe! I had a lot of leftover pork so I added it all to this recipe with additional onion, pepper, beef broth,cheese, and bottled BBQ sauce. Served meat sauce over the pasta. Will be freezing half (without the pasta) for another time. My family loved it!"

katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 259985
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2017

"I had some leftover smoked pork that we cooked over the weekend and used it in this.

The whole family loved it! The best part was it was quick and easy! Thank you for sharing!"

Mpiii User ID: 8980563 257738
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

"Simple and after reading reviews, did full can of broth, whole onion and pepper, 2 cups of cheese, wife doesn't like cooked peppers and whole family liked it, definitely will add to week night dinners. So quick and easy. Complex flavors Can't beat it."

Susie913 User ID: 2695120 254871
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2016

"Great quick meal. Was looking for something different to make and this was excellent choice. Thought it could use more pulled pork then the one container suggested and I will use my own pulled pork next time. Wanted to taste more of it.

Found it impossible to add all ingredients and mix up in the frying pan so mixed all in large casserole and it still was overflowing."

ChrisD1717 User ID: 8325994 252380
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2016

"This recipe was AWESOME! Great flavor with a nice kick to it. I though it was a little too dry, next time I make it and there will definitely be a next time I will probably put in the whole can of broth. The green onions on top were the perfect accent to the dish. Thanks for the recipe!"

LindsayMann User ID: 8076150 250587
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2016

"This recipe is over the top delicious! It was a hit with the whole family and will definitely go in my regular rotation. It was super quick to whip up, and the flavor was incredible."

[email protected] User ID: 2199623 248055
Reviewed May. 10, 2016

"I have been making this recipe for a couple of years now. It is wonderful. Everyone likes it. I make it just as it is and use Lloyd's pulled pork BBQ"

[email protected] User ID: 5651791 238581
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2015

"Very tasty"

jfostini User ID: 8197160 236333
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I made this last night with leftover bbq pork and my family loved it."

JessicaM09 User ID: 8587051 235617
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"I used my own shredded bbq chicken recipe and subbed in chicken broth instead of beef and I am IN LOVE with this dish! It's so simple and delicious, definitely will be making again!"

Rivkel User ID: 7467768 234378
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2015

"It sounds so good. But my husband and teens did not like it real well. It is very flavorful and unique. So have to scratch it off my lst."

CookingVal User ID: 6083647 225110
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"The easiest and quickest meal I've ever made. A little tangy depending on which kind of pulled pork you buy with the BBQ sauce already mixed in."

Rosemary Swope User ID: 1654672 223684
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"This sounds different, but the flavor is really good! Have made this many times. Thank you for sharing this recipe."

Fiveboyd User ID: 6632181 221682
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I gave this five stars as I thought it was very tasty. I don't exactly love store bought bbq but the pasta and veggies gave it a nice twist. This would be a great office potluck dish you could keep warm in a crockpot. Will make again."

ckbray User ID: 5521724 219134
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015 Edited May. 12, 2016

"This was great!!! My husband and picky teenage son really liked it. I thought it was delicious also. I don't understand the comment that said it was bland. It wasn't bland at all, in fact it had quite a kick to it and was VERY tasty. I used Lloyd's BBQ Shredded pork. Maybe they used some other brand? Also I used the Original Tomatoes w Green Chilis and it is more spicy than the mild version. Using what I spent (some ingredients were on sale), I found this meal to be around $1.50 per person which is a real bargain."

kromesburg User ID: 8207787 217545
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"Delish!!! My boyfriend said, this meal is in the top 5 meals in our house! Yummy!!!!"

NancyKuemmerle User ID: 7150418 217342
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"A little sweet. If no Bbq flavor might be really good"

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 111874
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"It feels unhealthy, but tastes oh so good. Also, super easy to make. The delicious smell was making me impatient. I left out the green onion and added a little bit of dried chives instead I also added french fried onions on top."

thebigapple User ID: 8031442 183339
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"I made this recipe recently, substituting shredded BBQ chicken for the pork. I thought it was rather bland and nothing special but two of my family members loved it. Since my family liked it, I guess I'll make it again but maybe try adding something to make it a little more spicy."

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 167209
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2014

"delicious a little kicky for me so next time I cut both cumin and pepper in half still had a kick but not as spicy."

brettacuff User ID: 7579163 113704
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Weird combo. Not too bad though."

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 179730
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

"I made this today and it was really good. I used roasted red bell peppers but that is the only thing I changed. We will be having this again for something different."

mkfrazier User ID: 4922365 210639
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2013

"This was even better than expected. Depending on the BBQ pulled pork, consider adding a little more BBQ sauce to taste. The green onions really enhance this dish, so they are well worth including. Thanks for the great recipe."

Timbergurl1 User ID: 4047214 143724
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"It was not liked by anyone in my family. I used our favorite bbq pork leftovers too, but for some reason it just didn't work. For me it was the bbq with the pasta, but my husband didn't like the tomatoes mixed in."

Mrs_T User ID: 941931 165118
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2013

"I was a little disappointed in how this turned out, but that was due to the gluten free rice pasta I used. It's so easy to overcook that, and it broke up as the dish heated through. Other than that, though, we liked the idea of bbq pork with pasta. Like others, I used leftover bbq pork I had made. I had a honey bbq sauce and just didn't think the cumin and chilies would work that well with it, so I used plain diced tomatoes and substituted chili powder for cumin. We thought it had a great flavor and it did make a lot. We love leftovers, so that is great!"

[email protected] User ID: 3102613 143722
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"Good texture, easy and quick to put together, not too spicy for the kids (6 & 10), 10 yr old asked if she could have leftovers for her lunch tomorrow. However, my dh and I did not care for it. I think pork w/o the bbq might be better for us. To be fair, we don't make many one pan meals. We prefer meat, grain & vegetable separate. If you like bbq pork it's definitely worth trying. It does make a huge pan full."

only1trg User ID: 3213122 113703
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"This was great! My kids love this recipe. I have made it several times for my family. I also substituted bbq chicken for the pork."

Brenna Trull User ID: 6993133 180980
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2012

"This recipe was amazing the only difference i did in making it was use regular onions as i did not have any green but i can not wait to try it with the green onions and green chills"

vicndd User ID: 1996704 167195
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2012

"My son-in-law's comment, after his third helping, "That one's a keeper!""

Ab0628 User ID: 3440719 143721
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"I've been wanting to try this for awhile. I used my own leftover barbecued pork roast, which I cooked in the slow cooker yesterday. I did not use butter and did not have any peppers our would have used some. Used the whole can of beef broth (low sodium), added gradually for the pasta to absorb. I like the flavor of the cumin in the dish I also used medium whole wheat shells. I love this type of food...and especially new pasta dishes, but unfortunately such dishes are not my family's cup of tea. However, I enjoyed this for supper and will take it for my lunches this week. It does make a lot."

jlvrwrd User ID: 6512234 104719
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2012

"I made my own bbq pork as well and used the leftovers for this dish. Both my husband and I thought it was excellent and full of flavour."

cnjhurr User ID: 6898052 104716
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2012

"Tried it last night for the first time. My kids werent thrilled because of the peppers but they are still young. Me and my husband thought it was delicious. We had the left overs for lunch. Super quick, cheap and easy to make."

dollargirl User ID: 939213 113702
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2012

"I made my own pork bbq rather than use the (unhealthy) store-bought one. Good recipe."

loumoo32 User ID: 6703463 97818
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"I did a fresh pork roast with it didn't use the whole roast and using leftovers for pork bbq sandwichs and I also used spiral noodles this was delicious"

Ldilley User ID: 5423697 165117
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2012

"The men in my house ate it in 2 days, which means it was a hit, made it with whole wheat pasta...yummy!!!"

Sarayp User ID: 3443637 143718
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"We really enjoy this one, and I don't usually change a thing. It does make a lot - which is nice when you don't want to cook the next day."

popnmim User ID: 3643117 104715
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"I made this yesterday, my wife and I love it. Wonderful flavor and texture. Good as a left over too."

ilka896 User ID: 6549264 179729
Reviewed May. 25, 2012

"It was ok. A little too much ground cumin for my taste and I didn't even use the full amount."

ckm295gmail User ID: 4390409 165115
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"I tried this for my 18 year old son and his friends - they loved it. I used Rotel instead of the tomatoes and it added a nice extra bite :) It also made enough to fill them up!"

AngSetts User ID: 6707076 122160
Reviewed May. 23, 2012

"This was fabulous. Had some kick but not too much! My husband and kids really liked it too!"

catergator User ID: 6609736 210638
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2012

"Sorry, no one in the family liked this & it made a lot. Nothing special about it. I am going through each recipe in my magazine and trying them. Not a keeper."

donnawolf User ID: 984732 143717
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"I have made this several times, with store bought bbq pork and homemade, I love this recipe, fast and delicious. For those complaining about spice, use diced tomatoes without ANY green chilies which would help. Hopefully this review will let me pick 5 stars right now it is stuck on 3..."

Sheaymie User ID: 6547881 179254
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"This recipe was DEELISH! Loved it. I did do some short cuts. I purchased a tub of premade pulled pork at my local grocery store for $4. Also, instead of red bell peppers, I used green. Since the prepackaged pulled pork had a enough sauce, I poured the entire can (juice and all) into the skillet and it thinned it out. We will definitely do this again because prep and cook time was a total of 15 minutes. Thank you, Mrs. Judy."

Timbergurl1 User ID: 4047214 104714
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2012

"I made this awhile back, and it just didn't do anything for me. I wish I knew what went wrong so I could fix it, because I really wanted to love it. Sorry, it's just not for me."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 165114
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"This is a split decision. He thought it was good and I could not even eat all of mine. It was way too heavy on the BBQ flavor. I like BBQ but not this. He thought good. I thought poor. Split in the middle at fair, however, I will not make it again."

Engaged2422 User ID: 6342832 179252
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I found this recipe while searching top 10 recipe lists. It grabbed my attention because I just happened to have some left over pulled pork. Boy am I glad I did. It was delicious. It is just my fiance and I, so we had a good bit of leftovers. That was no problem though because we both loved it so much we ate it several days in a row. The second day it was a little dry so I added a big spoon of sour cream while heating. It changed the flavor just a bit, but still great."

NatalieRiggs User ID: 1544067 104713
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"easy and delicious! Spicy, but not too hot. My family really loves this!!"

Schemer User ID: 5262887 97815
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"This seemed to upset everyone's stomach at my house and I didn't even include the red pepper and green onions. I think the spiciness of the BBQ sauce that was in my pork, combined with the Ro-Tel, was overwhelming. I did like the concept of BBQ & pasta, though. I might try it again with a different flavor of BBQ, but it won't be any time soon."

susankishton User ID: 2097537 167193
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2011

"Love this recipe, easy and delicious!"

Mrs. Raz User ID: 5543585 111872
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"I love to try new things but my hubby doesn't! But this went over great and now it is on the expanding list of what my husband likes. Even though I have a family of 6 there are leftovers."

maryfraz User ID: 1483392 113699
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"My family loved it! My daughter especially. This is the second time I've made it, and she requested it. She works at a fast - food restaurant and wanted a home cooked meal. Paired it with a salad, delicious!"

[email protected] User ID: 4441258 122154
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2011

"Hubby liked it, i didn't like the taste of the BBQ sauce that was in the BBQ pork that i used. Will look for a better tasting BBQ and try again, but the overall easy and taste of the recipe was good."

julieyoung User ID: 2879995 165113
Reviewed May. 25, 2011

"Really good! My whole family liked it - - even the picky kid who doesn't like BBQ! Will definitely make again."

asabot User ID: 620927 179250
Reviewed May. 14, 2011

"The refrigerated barbecued pork is already a staple in our house so finding another use for it was a plus! This recipe came together quickly and tastes delicious! I would have never thought to put the barbecued pork over pasta, but it works!"

eatnrun User ID: 2156030 143716
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2011

"By mistake I purchased a Pulled beef container. It was good. Maybe next time I will pay attention and pull the pork container."

Grandmaj2u User ID: 189795 97814
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"I MAY or mya not make this again. It needs tweeking For my taste it is little too spicy . If I did try it again ,I would grestly reduce the pepper. Plus I would add just a bit more cheese. It did leave you totally satisfied, as well as reduced "grazing" later. So, I think this may be a good try for someone cooking for teen boys or big eaters."

okiema User ID: 5889536 163090
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"I have made this a couple of times for my family of five and they love it. I have 3 growing boys who are hard to fill up, but this always makes more than enough. It is a little spicy for my little one so i may adjust that next time. Very easy and inexpensive."

LeanneHammer User ID: 101268 165112
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"This had great flavor! I used half ground beef/half ground deer meat in BBQ sauce since my husband hunts. I also added green pepper and will definitely make this often!"

Brenda D User ID: 1438504 181908
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"I would not have thought to pair bbq pulled pork and pasta. What a fun dish! I used left-over pork roast that I had made the night before and just added some bbq sauce, then made according to directions. Thanks for sharing!"

arh82881 User ID: 4559650 167141
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2011

"Great recipe. Simple and inexpensive to make."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 180976
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"A quick dish to throw together. Great flavors, will make again."

judyharmstrong User ID: 1139380 163088
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2010

"Glad I found this one!"

jacquot5 User ID: 1443092 183337
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

" Take a cheap cut of pork (I use a pork butt), remove the bone and some of the fat but not all, use a dry rub of spices of your choice ( I use garlic powder, dry mustard, brown sugar, smokey paprika, a little salt, and black pepper) place it in a crock pot, and cook on low for about 5-6 hours until fork tender.  Remove from the crock pot and with two table forks, begin shredding the pork.  Place all of the shredded pork in a stove top pan and add your favorite bar-b-que sauce and heat through.  Very simple and very tasty.

 Hope this helps.

lahansen User ID: 4341876 163087
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"If you live in an area where fully cooked BBQ shredded pork is not available, any suggestions on how to make it?"

Lindzh90 User ID: 4716612 143715
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2010

"This was the best thing I have made in a while. I never knew bbq pork would taste so good with pasta. I liked it so much I added 2 containers of bbq pork to mine! I also took out the cumin because it was a little to spicy for me. For sure a winner!"

jeanjett User ID: 3197689 179248
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010

"I have tried this with pork and chicken. My family loves this recipe!"

wmesser User ID: 3768328 165111
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"Made without the cumin b/c our 2 yr old eats it as well. We love it and will continue to make it!"

kellori114 User ID: 1072564 104707
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"This was great.... a real gutbuster."

cactuslady User ID: 1762767 163086
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"Too much barbecue flavor for my liking."

lisamg User ID: 1234873 167136
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"This is an easy and very tasty meal!! It was a little spicy for my kids so I now make it with regular diced tomatoes. Overall, a great recipe."

donnawolf User ID: 984732 179725
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"I should have written sooner, because this is one of my favorite TOH recipes. It is sooo easy and tasty and everyone raves about it. It makes a complete dinner."

stacymaps User ID: 4259824 180975
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2010

"Decided to forgo the green chilies for my picky "I hate green" child, but kept the rest and it's great! Have also left out the onion (I just forgot!) and it was also great. No beef broth? No problem: I substituted red wine and it was--you guessed it--great. Now a family favorite no matter HOW I make it!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 143714
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"This was really good! So easy and so good!"

diannacrock User ID: 1726574 113697
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2009

"This is a keeper!! I made it with the BBQ pork, but you could also use chicken or beef. You can also add some heat with pepper sauce or chili powder."

mrtysh User ID: 3825260 180974
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009

"Wow, such amazing flavor! We make this at least once a month."

brookeyoung User ID: 1171794 143713
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2009

"This was really good. easy to make too! A nice change of pace!"

mgeil19 User ID: 4181476 167132
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"This is really good and easy to make. Will definitely make it again."

tjorme User ID: 3058034 113696
Reviewed May. 21, 2009

"Yum! We all loved this recipe and will definately make it again soon!"

DeniseK61 User ID: 1660978 163084
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2009

"The kids and even the husband loved this-not a leftover to be had!"

kay52178 User ID: 1593546 163083
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2009

"We loved this. I made my own pulled pork instead of using prepared, but it was excellent."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 210637
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2009

"This was very tasty although my family did vote to serve it over rice next time. It would also be good with potatoes or served on a roll. It was very easy to put together and was also a great way to stretch the container of bbq pork. We'll definitely make it again!"

tamst User ID: 1020446 104703
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"I made this for supper tonight. My husband would rather eat pork than any other meat, so this, of course was a hit. It was quick and easy to put together. Definitely a keeper."

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