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Pasta with Ground Pork & Asian Peanut Sauce

Course Main Dish

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Rotini or Penne Pasta (use whole wheat or gluten free pasta as an option)
  • 1.5 TBSP Asian sesame oil
  • 5 medium scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 TBSP fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound Pasture Prime Ground Berkshire Pork
  • 1 TBSP Soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • 1 TBSP Asian chili paste or sambal oelek
  • 1/2 Cup crunchy peanut butter, preferably natural
  • 2/3 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium lime cut into quarters
  • 1/4 Cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil
  2. Add pasta and cook according to package directions
  3. Heat a 12 inch heavy duty skillet over medium heat
  4. Add the oil, then the scallions
  5. Cook stirring, until softened, about 1 minute
  6. Add ginger & garlic and cook, stirring for 30 seconds
  7. Crumble in the pork, stirring until it loses its pink color, about 4-5 minutes.
  8. Stir in the Soy sauce, vinegar, chili paste and sugar and cook until just bubbling.
  9. Add the peanut butter and stir until incorporated
  10. Pour in the broth, stir and bring to a gentle simmer.
  11. Cook for 2 minutes.
  12. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water
  13. Drain the pasta and return in to the pot
  14. Stir in the pork mixture.
  15. Thin sauce, if necessary with the remaining pasta water
  16. Divide among plates or bowls. Serve with lime wedge and top with cilantro. ENJOY!!