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Ground Pork with a Zesty Asian Sauce

Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Rotini or Gluten free Pasta
  • 1 1/2 TBSP. Sesame Oil
  • 5 Scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 TBSP. minced fresh Ginger
  • 2 medium cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 3 TBSP. Soy Sauce gluten free, or low sodium if you choose
  • 2 TBSP. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP. Asian Chili Paste or 1/4 tsp Dried Chili Flakes to taste
  • 1 TBSP. sugar
  • 1/2 Cup peanut butter preferably crunchy (Almond butter can be used for peanut allergies)
  • 2/3 Cup lower-salt chicken broth
  • 1 MED. lime cut into 4 wedges
  • 1/4 Cup chopped fresh Cilantro optional

Instructions

  1. Bring large pot of salted water to boil
  2. Add rotini (or other pasta)
  3. Cook to package directions to al dente
  4. Heat a 12 inch heavy skillet over medium heat
  5. Add the oil
  6. Then scallions
  7. Cook, stirring until softened, about 1 minute
  8. Add ginger & garlic and cook stirring for 30 seconds
  9. Crumble in pork, stirring occasionally until it loses pink color, about 5 minutes
  10. Stir in Soy Sauce, vinegar, chili paste or flakes, sugar &cook until bubbling
  11. Add peanut butter & stir until incorporated
  12. Pour in broth, stir well and bring to simmer
  13. Cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally
  14. Reserve 1/2 Cup of pasta water, drain pasta, & return pasta to pot
  15. Stir in the pork mixture
  16. Thin sauce with pasta water., as needed
  17. Divide among plates or bowls
  18. Squeeze lime over each serving and top with cilantro
  19. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Fine Cooking