Thursday, July 24, 2008

Pork Pasta Masala

Continuing with my series of recipes on Trader Joe's simmer sauces, here's a recipe for pork pasta masala, a dish that I think I might have invented because nothing shows up in google. What's pork pasta masala? It's pork vindaloo with TJ's masala sauce in the place of the vindaloo sauce, served over pasta instead of rice.

This was an invention, like most of my cooking creations, born out of ingredients that I had on hand: basically country style pork shoulder, masala simmer sauce, plain yogurt, and dried linguine.  Perfect for Italian-Indian fusion food. Here are the instructions.

Pork Pasta Masala
1 lb. of country style pork shoulder
1 jar Trader Joe's masala simmer sauce
1/4 cup plain yogurt
3 oz. dried linguine

Cut pork into cubes and marinate in half the masala sauce for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions (boil water with salt, add pasta for 10 minutes). Fry pork cubes until brown on all sides, add the rest of the masala sauce, bring to a boil and simmer on med-low for 10 minutes (while the pasta is cooking). Turn off the heat and stir in the yogurt until blended. Allow to simmer for 5 more minutes (while the pasta is resting).

Add pork and sauce to pasta and serve with TJ's garlic naan (Indian garlic bread) and two buck Chuck merlot. Total time: 30 minutes (including marinating) Total cost: under $10.

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