The last few times I cooked pork, I bought a large pork roast and set it in the slow cooker. It made delicious pulled pork sandwiches, as pork roast gets super tender after slow cooking. My daughter has been asking for pork again, it’s her favorite meat to have for dinner, but I wanted something different. I wanted a different type of texture and something that made a quick and easy meal so I would’t need to spend a ton of time in the kitchen preparing. I’m a busy mom and I need to be able to spend 30 minutes or less on dinner most weekdays. I want Real Flavor Real Fast. Is that too much to ask?
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I was invited to try Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork and create a quick pork roast recipe, the timing couldn’t be more perfect! So, I went to Safeway, to the fresh meat section and picked one up. I prefer to buy fresh meat whenever possible and Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is 100% fresh pork. I quickly found the pork section and hadn’t realized I would have choices!
At my local Safeway I found a variety of flavors and cuts to choose from:
- Hardwood Smoked Bacon and Cracked Black Pepper
- Roasted Garlic & Herb Marinated Pork Loin Filet
- Steakhouse Mushroom Pork Loin Filet
I loved the sound of all the flavors, but I decided to try the Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Pork Loin Filet. I had some pasta and mushrooms already, so an idea was forming as to what would go nicely with this steakhouse mushroom marinated pork.
When I got home, all I had to do was cut open the packaging and drop the pork loin filet in a dish, then straight into the oven. No prep at all! The pork loin filet already comes pre-marinated. I love meals like that. I could even have paired it with a box pasta, can of baked beans, or something equally as simple, but I like fresh ingredients and making pasta takes next to no time at all. Did I mention I like “Real Flavor, Real Fast?” I let the pork cook for half the time then threw the pasta together. The house smelled amazing from both the pork cooking and the garlic sautéing for my pasta sauce.
The pork roast came out tender and tasted so good by itself, I snuck a bite, of course, to try it out. It tasted delicious together with the pasta, as well. My whole family loved every bite of it. It really was flavorful and mouth watering! Kids can be picky eaters, but mine always love pork dinners and this was especially a hit with them. Give it a try and tell me what you think!
Gluten-Free Mushroom Pork Loin Filet over Fettuccine Pasta
- Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Pork Loin Filet
- Gluten free fettuccine pasta noodles
- 4 tbsp of butter
- 1 tbsp of minced garlic
- 1/2 large diced tomato
- 1/4 cup or 1 small can of black olives
- 1/4 cup of mushrooms
- 1 large leaf fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped spinach
- 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese
- Salt and Pepper
- Place 1 lb of Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Pork Loin Filet in a roasting pan or casserole dish (I bought a 1.7 lbs roast and planned to cut in half, but I like leftovers, so I doubled the cooking time and roasted the whole thing).
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until inner temp reaches at least 145 (160 for medium)
- While the pork is baking, prepare gluten free pasta. Follow directions on the package. I use brown rice pasta, it tastes the best and has a great texture. The trick is to cook it well and stir often so the noodles don’t stick together. This took 15 minutes.
- While pasta is cooking (don’t forget to stir every few minutes) chop your vegetables and herbs.
- Melt butter in a pan on medium heat.
- Add garlic and tomatoes. Sauté for a few minutes, then, once tomatoes are soft, smash them flat with a spatula.
- Add spinach, cheese, mushrooms, and a dash of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are soft and cheese is completely melted.
- Add olives, stir to mix in well and then turn heat to the lowest setting.
- Drain and rinse pasta in cool water. Rinsing gluten free pasta is important for a good texture. Place it back in the warm pot after quickly rinsing, so it remains hot.
- Pour the buttery mushroom sauce over it and mix well.
- Remove pork from oven and slice.
Serving suggestion: Dish pasta onto plate and top with slices of roast pork. So easy and you truly get “Real Flavor, Real Fast”. You could instead cut the pork into bite size pieces and mix it into the pasta.
Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is so easy to cook and with no prep time, it makes for a great summer meal for busy evenings! It is full of flavor on it’s own so whether you cook it in the oven or a slow cooker, mix it with rice, pasta, or eat it alone, it’s a no fuss dinner that everyone in your family will enjoy. I can’t wait to try the other flavors!
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Have you tried the other flavors? What did you think of them? What is your favorite way to prepare pork? Please share in comments.