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zucchini pork penne

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

This easy pasta recipe is a nice change from the regular ones. The combination of zucchini and pork is deliciously different!

yield 4 servings
prep time 10 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For zucchini pork penne

  • 2 1/2 c
    uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    red onions, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    red peppers, chopped
  • 1 lg
    clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 lb
    lean ground pork
  • 1/4 c
    dry red wine
  • 1 can
    (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can
    (13.5 oz.) tomato sauce (substitute with marinara sauce)
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp
    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, such as demerara
  • 1 md
    zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1/4 tsp
    red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 1/4 c
    monterey jack jalapeño cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, chopped

How To Make zucchini pork penne

  • 1
    Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • 2
    In a large skillet over medium, heat oil. Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add red pepper and cook for another 3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add pork and cook until no longer pink. Add red wine and cook it down until liquid has almost evaporated. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, Italian seasoning, paprika, basil, rosemary, garlic salt and brown sugar; stir to combine. Reduce heat down to medium-low and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until flavor blended.
  • 3
    Drain pasta and add to skillet. Add zucchini and sprinkle freshly ground black pepper and more garlic salt. Increase heat to medium, cover and cook until zucchini is tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. Add cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat and sprinkle fresh parsley over. Serve immediately.
  • 4
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