A Delicious Recipe: Roasted Garlic and Herb Penne Pasta with Pork


Welcome to Hook’d Up Bar and Grill! Today, we’re excited to share with you a mouthwatering recipe for Roasted Garlic and Herb Penne Pasta with Pork. This delightful dish is bursting with flavors of tender pork and fresh herbs, and best of all, it can be prepared in just 30 minutes. Whether you’re short on time during the busy back-to-school season or simply want to impress your family and friends, this recipe is sure to do the trick. So, let’s get started!

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The Magic of Roasted Garlic

Have you ever noticed how “roasted garlic” on a restaurant menu always catches your eye? That’s because roasting garlic transforms its sharpness into a creamy and buttery flavor that adds a smoky-sweet touch to any dish. And when combined with hearty penne pasta, it creates the perfect harmony of flavors. That’s where our secret ingredient, Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet, comes in. This pre-marinated pork adds convenience and incredible taste to your pasta, making it an ideal option for those busy back-to-school nights. You can find Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork at local Ridley’s and Walmart stores nationwide.

How to Cook Perfect Penne Pasta

Cooking perfect penne pasta is all about getting the basics right. Here are some tips to help you achieve pasta perfection:

  • Use a stock pot and plenty of water to allow the pasta room to move around.
  • Don’t be afraid to use a generous amount of salt. It adds flavor to the pasta.
  • Cook the pasta until al dente. Check for doneness a couple of minutes before the recommended cooking time to avoid overcooking.
  • Before draining the pasta, save a scoop of the cooking water. This liquid is gold and can be used to enhance your sauce.
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Ingredients for penne pasta
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The Secrets to the Best Penne Pasta

To make the best penne pasta, you need three key components:

  1. A great pasta base.
  2. The best protein.
  3. An awesome sauce.

Picking the Perfect Penne Pasta

When it comes to pasta, quality matters. While you can use whatever pasta you have on hand, I’ve learned from my travels in Italy that specific pastas are best suited for specific dishes. Look for more expensive pastas labeled “bronze cut” or “bronze plate.” These pastas have a rough surface that allows the sauce to cling better, resulting in a superior taste and texture.

Selecting the Right Protein

Now that you have the perfect pasta, it’s time to add a protein that will take your dish to the next level. Our recipe calls for Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet, which is pre-marinated for your convenience. This loin filet is not only packed with flavor but also 100% fresh pork with no artificial ingredients. It’s the ideal solution for busy nights when you want a delicious and hassle-free meal.

Uncooked, cubed, pre-marinated pork
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Creating a Flavorful Sauce

The sauce is what ties everything together in this dish. Our pan sauce combines the flavorful juices from cooking the pork with a bit of pasta water, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese. It’s a simple yet incredibly delicious addition to your pork and pasta. The reserved pasta water adds creaminess to the butter-based sauce, while the aromatic herbs and Parmesan cheese give it a burst of flavor.

Mixed herbs and seasonings
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Dinner is Served!

Once you’ve combined all the elements, you’ll be greeted with a plate of hearty penne pasta, flavorful pork, and a light yet satisfying sauce. This dish is perfect for any night of the week, especially during the back-to-school season when time is of the essence. With this 30-minute meal, you can serve a delicious dinner without adding to the chaos.

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Remember, Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork offers a wide variety of fresh cuts, including roasts, loin filets, and ribs. Their versatility allows you to explore different flavors and cooking methods, making it easy to enjoy a range of delicious meals throughout the week.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed this recipe for Roasted Garlic and Herb Penne Pasta with Pork. It’s a quick and easy dish that delivers on both taste and convenience. Whether you’re a busy parent or simply looking for a delicious dinner option, this recipe is a winner. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

For more delicious recipes, check out our other favorites like Beef Stroganoff, Low Calorie Sheet Pan Dinner: Shrimp & Asparagus, Greek Chicken Wraps, Instant Pot Chili Mac, Cheeseburger Soup, and Roasted Asparagus Oven Baked.

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Roasted Garlic and Herb Penne Pasta with Pork
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