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Meal-prep and easy assembly come together in this hearty family-style meal. Simply pop the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork in your crockpot and let it simmer away until dinnertime, then simply toss together this easy pasta salad that takes only a few minutes to make.
“Gourmet eating is the luxury of those with time to kill,” alright maybe that’s not quite how it goes, but that’s certainly how it ‘feels’ most of the time. Marinated roasts set over a bed of warmed salad, perfectly seasoned marinades, dinner parties that make you feel like an expert entertainer, these are all well and good but how many of us really have the time for any of that on a regular basis? Indeed, the ‘diet of the busy’ is often quite bland. There’s a reason ‘on the go’ food and drink is only really consumed ‘on the go,’ because it’s the stuff we eat by necessity rather than by choice.
However, how long, ‘really,’ does it take to make something ‘on the go’ or at the end of a busy day? Twenty minutes? Thirty minutes? After all, there’s no escaping eating – we have to do it, so why not enjoy it?
Now, we’ve all been there. We’ve all found ourselves at the end of a busy day, and the absolute last thing anyone feels like doing is finding more ‘busy work’ to hassle themselves with – and sadly that often includes dinner. Standing over a hot stove and maneuvering cutlery hardly sounds like something fun or engaging. Yet, you’ve got to spend those twenty to thirty minutes prepping ‘something,’ so why not prep something that’s both easy and delicious, rather than simply easy?
Naturally, that’s where today’s recipe comes in – Herbed Pork Loin with Warm Pasta Salad.
Hassle free, and conveniently available at Walmart, this marinated pork is all-natural, utilizing only real ingredients, making it a real solution for real life. It can be grilled, roasted, sautéed, or slow-cooked – however you like, providing real flavor real fast.
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Today, for maximum convenience we’re slow cooking the Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin. To start things off, we quickly sear the tenderloin on all sides in a cast iron pan with a bit of olive oil, which should take at most three to four minutes. Then set the tenderloin in the crock pot with chicken broth. Then set the crock pot to cook either on high for about three and a half hours, or on low for about five hours.
While that cooks, we’re going to prepare the Warm Pasta with Grilled Tomato Salad.
To start, heat a large cast iron frying pan, dry, and set the zucchini slices in the pan, and let them char on both sides before removing them. Do the same with the tomato slices, but as the tomatoes char gently press them to ‘pop’ them, and then drizzle them with olive oil and add the zucchini back in.
Once that’s done, add in the seasonings listed below along with grated garlic, and let that heat for a minute or two. Add in the fresh basil and the Italian parsley, then toss and turn off the heat.
Then, prepare your pasta in well-salted water, you’ll want to add a tablespoon or two of the pasta water to the sauce.
Then plate the pasta with the sauce, slice the pork, and set it over the pasta and spoon some of the juices from the pork over the pasta some fresh grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and serve.
Now, unless you’re particularly hungry, you are apt to have some leftovers – so let’s make the most out of them.
For starters, a rice salad with baby peas, a drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, then simply (and gently) reheat the pork and set it over the rice.
Or, you could slice the pork thin and use it as the meat for lunch wraps, think your choice of cheese (I prefer either mozzarella or cheddar), hot sauce, mixed greens, fresh onion, sliced pepper, and then either pack that all inside a pita or assemble it wrapped in a tortilla and you’re good to go. You can eat that as is cold, or give it a quick heat between two cast iron pans to melt the cheese.
Alternatively, you could prep a mixed green salad with a fresh Dijon, honey and lemon dressing and add thin slices of pork to top the salad with.
Herbed Pork Loin with Pasta
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
- Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Loin Filet
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
For the Warm Pasta Salad:
- 1 lb. of your favorite pasta
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
- 1 zucchini sliced – 1/4 inch thickness
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley – stems removed
- 4 garlic cloves – grated
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. dried red pepper flakes
- 2 – 3 tbs. olive oil
- Fresh Romano cheese – for grating
- Heat a large cast iron frying pan with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the pork tenderloin and sear for 1 – 2 minutes on all sides.
- Place the seared pork in the crockpot.
- Add the chicken broth to the crockpot.
- Cover the crockpot and cook on High for 3 hours and 30 minutes or on Low for 5 hours, or until the pork tenderloin is cooked through.
For the Warm Pasta Salad:
- Heat a large cast iron frying pan and place the zucchini slices in the dry pan to char on both sides. Remove the charred zucchini and set aside.
- Heat a large cast iron frying pan and place the tomatoes in a dry pan. Sprinkle the tomatoes with sea salt.
- Cook until the tomatoes begin to char on all sides. Gently press the tomatoes down with a spatula. Be careful since the tomatoes tend to pop and splatter.
- Drizzle the tomatoes with olive oil. Add the zucchini back to the pan with the tomatoes.
- Add the seasonings and the grated garlic and simmer on a gentle heat for a minute or two. Add the fresh basil and the Italian parsley; toss and turn the heat off.
- Prepare the pasta as directed in well salted water.
- Add a tablespoon or two of the salted pasta water to the tomatoes and zucchini.
- Drain the pasta and plate on a serving platter; top with the tomato and zucchini sauce and grated Romano cheese.
- Slice the pork and serve over the pasta, spoon the juice from the pork over the pasta, add a drizzle of olive oil and fresh grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.
- Serving Size: 4
And just like that, you’ve got a perfect meal solution for any night of the week. Don’t forget, you can earn $1 cash back on Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork by visiting Ibotta today.
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DAVID J MYERS says
Catherine, What a glorious sumptuous meal! Never thought about cooking a pork loin like you did. It avoids the problem of too dry pork which can happen easily if one isn’t careful. Nice pairing with the warm pasta salad! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave
Such a delicious and satisfying meal! The pork loin looks really juicy and tender.
Hi Catherine! What a gorgeous meal, perfect for fall. I love using my slow cooker and easy is my middle name. LOL. Love the inspiration for this beautiful meal. Smithfield always delivers with their lovely marinated fresh pork! I hope you’ve had a wonderful summer with some lazy, restful days sprinkled in too. XOXO
Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness says
I can’t make a meal that DOESN’T make leftovers now that I am living alone. So maybe all my meals are meal prep :p This looks amazing!
Veena Azmanov says
That sounds so scrumptious. I love such simple and easy recipes to make. Leftovers are the best for salads and sandwiches. Looks yum.
Leftovers are great. I am also single and still cook and bake, it’s my therapy.
this looks like the perfect weekend meal in the cooler months. Thank you for sharing!
Kiki Johnson says
What a gorgeous comfort food recipe! I love the photography for this one. So moody! Makes me want to curl up on the sofa with a steaming plate of pork loin!
Claudia Lamascolo says
I never though of putting pasta with pork and this is a great idea .. I know my family would love this Catherine wow it looks fabulous
Glad I found this recipe. We all love pork loin and pork dishes in my family, but don’t really have time to cook much in the evening ! This recipe is quick and delicious!
This pork looks so delicious…and juicy. Love the fun pasta shape. What a great dinner any night of the week, and perfect for entertaining too.
Jenni LeBaron says
I love the Italian flavors that are in this dish. It’s not often that we make pork loin, but I’m totally going to make one now because I’m craving it after looking at your mouthwatering photos!
What a super family meal.. Full of flavor and taste.. and my family love pasta so this will go down a treat
Jessica (Swanky Recipes) says
The hubs has been asking me to make a pork loin and I’m not to fond of my current recipe. I love all the spices and seasoning added to this dish and it will be perfect with a side of rice!
Your photos look great! This pork loin looks so delicious, i can’t wait to try the recipe!
Veena Azmanov says
That looks so scrumptious. The herb marinade sounds wonderful. So lucky to have these already marinated in advance. Can’t wait to try this. Sounds yum.
Marisa Franca says
We love pork loin. It is such a great tasting meat as well as economical. Your preparation is similar to ours — the meat turns out moist and full of flavor. We don’t normally serve our pork with pasta — a very interesting switch from our polenta. Will definitely try out the pasta next time.
My other half is a massive fan of pork loin, and he would love this recipe! Can’t wait to show this to him!
Looks deliciously moist. I don’t eat meat but my family does, this looks like one they will absolutely love.
Oh my, this looks so good! I love that you paired it with pasta. Pork tenderloin is seriously one of my favorite things to eat. Can’t wait to try!
Karyl Henry says
I’m a huge fan of pork, but never really buy a pork loin because I’m just cooking for one. But I need to revisit, because this pork loin would be great for leftovers. And, by the way, I love the corkscrew pasta 🙂
That is delicious and flavorful herbed pork loin pasta salad. I love that juicy pork in salad. I like spices and herbs you added in pasta salad too. yum.
Claire | The Simple, Sweet Life says
This looks like the perfect kind of dish for the cooler weather we’ve been having. Can’t wait to add it to our menu for this week!
Eileen Kelly says
I am a huge fan of Smithfield Pork and their flavored porks are awesome, real timesavers. Loving that I can make this yummy pork in the slow cooker. The flavors are awesome and the side pasta is so tasty!
Amanda M Mason says
This looks delish! And leftover galore! I’d love to eat this for lunch the next day! This would also make for a perfect Sunday dinner!!
I am such a big fan of Smithfield pork products. I have never tried pork tenderloin but this looks like a great recipe to start.
This looks like perfect family dinner. I bet my kiddo and hubby would be delighted with this. I’m saving this recipe to give it a try. Meat looks so flavorful.
Ashley - Forking Up says
What a gorgeous and hearty meal! It is perfect for fall and I love the flavors.
This pork loin and pasta dish looks amazing. My family will love this dish, I’m adding it to our meal plan this week.