That being said, this yummy dish is not only quick, but it's delicious! Tender strips of pork, penne, mushrooms (yes, I said mushrooms...we'll get to that in a moment), peppers and onions, all simmering in a creamy tomato sauce...this is some serious comfort food.
So, about the mushrooms.
If you know me very well, you know that mushrooms are a food I ignore.
I'm not on an active campaign to destroy them, I just avoid them.
And, if they happen to be included in something I want to order, the menu and I exchange awkward glances and I order something else.
Or sometimes I boldly order previously mushrooms laden entrees sans mushrooms.
But...this year on Mother's Day we had steak at my in-law's house and Mom sautéed these gorgeous mushrooms in butter and served them with the steak. WOW. I was intrigued.
It was enough to convince me to give mushrooms a chance. I had never cooked with fresh mushrooms before, so maybe it wasn't fair, this avoidance of mine.
So...I bought some.
And put them in this skillet.
Then I ordered a meal at Applebee's that featured mushrooms with chicken. I ate them.
Then I put them on pizza.
All instances were very tasty! Needless to say, I think my frigid relationship with mushrooms is over. While we still aren't BFF's, I am definitely letting them into my life.
No more awkward glances.
Pork n' Penne Skillet
from Taste of Home Busy Family Favorites
serves 8 (I halved it for us)
2 TB flour
1 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
1 lb. boneless pork loin chops, trimmed and cut into strips
2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped red sweet pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 TB oil
1 TB butter
1 tsp minced garlic
3 cups milk
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
2 cups uncooked penne
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour, chili powder, salt and pepper. Add pork, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.
In a large skillet, cook the pork, mushrooms, onion, pepper and oregano in oil and butter over medium heat for 4 to 6 or until pork is browned. Add garlic, cook 1 min. longer.
Add milk, tomato sauce, and pasta. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 min. or until meat is tender and pasta is done.