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Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms

Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms.Raise your hand if you’re busy.Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms ~ The Complete Savorist #SimmeredinTradition adRaise your hand if at the end of a long day of work (I include being a stay at home parent in this term of work-double points to those who work from home with kids around) and you don’t want to cook and ponder over serving cereal or hitting a drive through.

Raise your hand if you are tired and don’t really want to be raising your hand like I’m asking you to do.

See what I did there?

If you’re a regular TCS reader or of any other food blog, you might think we eat like kings every day. We so don’t. I do eat all the food I post here, well not all the desserts, but I do want to eat all of those.

For any number of reasons, I might not get to eat the food on the day I make it. Maybe my light went away and I have to save photography for the next day. Occasionally, I make something that I am going to use up in another way, like a leftover post. There are those days when I don’t actually make dinner, but a dessert or a cocktail (ok, I will have the cocktail for dinner-or lunch, but I still need some kind of food.)Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms ~ The Complete Savorist #SimmeredinTradition adThen there are the bad days, when I do get my photography done before my light is gone, but I don’t like how I styled it, how the pictures came out, or whatever little thing my perfectionist-self might be picking at, and I have to reshoot it the following day.

All of these reasons and myriad of others, sometimes my dinner posts just can’t be dinner. When that happens, the last thing I feel like doing at that moment is making an entirely new creative dinner. That’s where cereal, pizza delivery, and scrambled eggs enter the picture. But pizza gets expensive. I actually can’t eat cereal and Elizabeth is hungry again 20 minutes after eating it. And one can only eat so many scrambled eggs.

When things like this happen, I usually turn to my comfort foods, those foods I love from my childhood. These foods usually take little to no effort. I can multi-task while making them. I can sip on a glass of wine will preparing, with no fear I will miss some crucial step.

I’ve said it many times on TCS that red sauce is my go-to comfort food. Pasta makes me happy. Pork is my favorite protein. These are the flavors of my childhood.Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms ~ The Complete Savorist #SimmeredinTradition ad

Of course I don’t only turn to my comfort foods when a post goes wrong, sometimes I deliberately make them, or at least versions of them. Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms is not a result of a post gone wrong, but the delicious result of busy day turned busy night that deserved a hearty, delicious, home-cooked, comfort food yet quick and easy dinner.

Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms is reminiscent of many of the dinners I enjoyed at my grandmother’s table as a girl. Simple ingredients put together to make something wonderful. With a dish like this, the possibilities are endless. Ragú’s new Homestyle sauces are just that, homestyle; thick, hearty, rich, and vibrant. I’m a self declared sauce queen and I don’t take jarred sauces lightly. When I popped open the Traditional Ragú for this recipe, I was pleased with the thick texture of the sauce. It’s exactly what I wanted. I needed the sauce to cling to both the pasta and the pork.

To cheese or not to cheese was a very real question for me. When in doubt, always cheese. However, I wanted to keep things lighter and sadly, right now I am restricting my daughter’s dairy intake, so no copious and gratuitous cheese pictures today. I simply dusted lightly with finely grated parmesan between layers. If you need cheese, please cheese. Toss in a good cup (or so) of grated mozzarella. I won’t be offended in the slightest and probably will be envious.Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms ~ The Complete Savorist #SimmeredinTradition adBaked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms ~ The Complete Savorist #SimmeredinTradition ad

Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms

Course: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Michelle De La Cerda
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb tube pasta
  • Water to boil pasta
  • Salt; for the water
  • 4 thick-cut pork chops
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter; divided 2/1
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • Salt/pepper; to taste
  • 1-23 oz jar Ragu Homestyle Sauce (Thick and Hearty Traditional)
  • 1/8 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese +/- to taste; divided

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  3. Mix the salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and basil together and liberally apply to both sides of the pork chops; set aside.
  4. In a large skillet/frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Add the mushrooms to the pan, let cook without moving or sitting for 3 minutes.
  6. Flip the mushrooms and allow the reverse side to cook for 3 minutes.
  7. Salt and pepper the mushrooms to taste and stir, continue to cook until completed browned and the begin to shrink in size, another 3-5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
  8. Once the water is boiling, salt generously and return to a boil.
  9. Cook pasta 2 minutes short of package directions.
  10. In the same pan that the mushrooms cooked in, heat to medium.
  11. Once hot, add the butter and olive oil.
  12. Place the meat in the pan, but not touching, sear for 3 minutes, then flip and sear for another 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  13. Drain the pasta and return to the pan.
  14. Add two kitchen tablespoons of sauce to the pasta, mix in well, taking care that the past is thoroughly coated.
  15. Transfer to a deep baking dish.
  16. Sprinkle half the Parmesan cheese over the pasta in the dish.
  17. Add dollops of sauce over the cheese and pasta.
  18. Place the pork chops on top of the pasta.
  19. Pour the remaining sauce from the jar, coating the both the pork and the pasta. Use the back of spoon to smooth.
  20. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the sauce.
  21. Cover the sauce with the sautéed mushrooms.
  22. Cover with foil.
  23. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pork is cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 160°.

Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms ~ The Complete Savorist #SimmeredinTradition adBaked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms ~ The Complete Savorist #SimmeredinTradition adI was impressed with Ragu’s new line of Homestyle sauces. I picked up two jars. I made this recipe using Traditional, but I grabbed the meat sauce as well. I have a thing for thick meaty sauces and mozzarella sticks…maybe I should make a post on that some day.

You can check out the 5 flavors in Ragu’s new Homestyle line here and by Homestyle, I mean no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no high fructose corn syrup, plus each sauce is made with vine-ripened tomatoes, onions and fragrant herbs. If you’re looking for recipe ideas on how to use Ragu sauces, you can find some inspiration on their homepage. What recipe stands out to you?Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms ~ Pan seared seasoned thick-cut pork chops, hearty tomato sauce, and tube pasta baked topped with sautéed mushrooms ~ The Complete Savorist #SimmeredinTradition ad

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen
    June 8, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Pasta and red sauce are definitely comfort foods for me, too! This looks so good!

  • Reply
    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    June 8, 2016 at 4:22 am

    I hate to say it, but there are so many days I don’t feel like cooking. Especially right now when my life is so crazy! Dinners like these are perfect for those days, and I have a few of them up my sleeve too. I’d love to try this one as well!

  • Reply
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 8, 2016 at 4:51 am

    What a fantastic hearty dinner idea!

  • Reply
    Erlene A
    June 8, 2016 at 5:27 am

    This looks wonderful! I love that you used mushrooms, one of my favorite things to eat 🙂

  • Reply
    Shirley Wood
    June 8, 2016 at 7:24 am

    We love anything with mushrooms in it or on it, especially pasta! Yummy recipe!

  • Reply
    Marye
    June 8, 2016 at 8:54 am

    This looks so good! My family would love this!

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    Healing Tomato
    June 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Now this is what I call pasta dinner! It is hearty and wholesome. Mushrooms completely belong in pasta, that is my humble opinion. I must try a vegetarian version of this recipe. Ragu’s thick and hearty sauce is so delicious!

  • Reply
    Krista
    June 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    You don’t see many pork and pasta dishes but there should be!

  • Reply
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen
    June 8, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for setting the record straight about the real life dinner of a food blogger. I’m so right there with you!
    There is nothing better than baked pasta. Nothing. I love that it can be assembled ahead of time an then frozen or heated when needed. Sure does make life easier, no matter how you spend your working days.

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    Nettie Moore
    June 8, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    To cheese definitely! Looks absolutely delicious Michelle, I love baked pasta anytime and throw in some chops for a delicious meal! Nettie

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate
    June 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    I’m totally one of those people who’s raising her hand in her head because she’s too tired to do it in real life. And I feel you on the life of a food blogger. Ain’t no shame in the occasional cocktail with lunch. After all, it WAS work to make it. 😉

    That said, this dinner looks PERFECT for any evening after a long day. Pinning it so we can give it a go!

  • Reply
    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah
    June 8, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Love the flavors in this! Would be a great changup to our usual chicken dinners 😀

  • Reply
    Sabrina
    June 8, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I love to have mushrooms in my pasta! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Reply
    carrie @ frugal foodie mama
    June 9, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Oh, this looks delicious! And I just love ALL those mushrooms! My daughter & I are mushroom fiends, so I will have to make this for us soon. 🙂

  • Reply
    Bob
    June 9, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    There are any benefits of being a friend of Michelle in real life. Her wonderful personality, movies, jeep rides, free wine, and getting to sample her latest blog post. This dish was delicious. The pork was nice and moist, and the pasta tender. The flavors were so delicious and the mushrooms were cooked just right. I can’t wait to make it for myself in the near future.

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    Debra A Attinella
    June 9, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    This is my kind of weeknight dinner! We love mushrooms!

  • Reply
    Dee
    June 10, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Love that this is so easy, and it looks wonderful! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet
    June 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    This looks and sounds so delicious, love all those mushrooms!

  • Reply
    Quick Pasta e Fagioli - The Complete Savorist
    September 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    […] my family needs along with that homestyle flavor I crave. Slow Cocker Ratatouille Pasta and Baked Pasta with Pork and Mushrooms are two of my more recent recipes using Ragu Homestyle. But should you want creamy, my Crispy […]

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