Creamy Cavatelli Pasta with Braised Pork, Shishito Peppers & Basil

Creamy Cavatelli Pasta with Braised Pork, Shishito Peppers & Basil

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2019

Mayonnaise adds great tang and texture to this easy pasta recipe—who knew? Black garlic, which is fermented, offers a sweeter, more mellow flavor than fresh. Find it at well-stocked supermarkets or substitute cloves of roasted garlic.

Ingredients 5 servings

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  • 8 ounces cavatelli or orecchiette pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 cloves black garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped shishito peppers
  • 2 cups shredded braised pork (see Associated Recipes)
  • ½ cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


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  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes, garlic and black garlic. Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes start to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Add peppers; cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pasta, pork and ½ cup cooking water. Cook, stirring gently, until coated, about 2 minutes, adding more cooking water as needed.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in basil, mayonnaise, vinegar and salt. Toss to evenly coat.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about 1 cup
  • Per serving: 506 calories; 26 g fat(6 g sat); 3 g fiber; 41 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 18 mcg folate; 61 mg cholesterol; 5 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,730 IU vitamin A; 27 mg vitamin C; 60 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 466 mg sodium; 551 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Vitamin A (35% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 fat, 2½ starch, 2 medium-fat protein, 1 vegetable

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