Cooking with leftovers is something I’m trying to get better at. I just made that huge pork shoulder and there was still a hefty amount of leftovers. Food waste is an awful thing, and I desperately try not to waste anything.
Here is an idea of what you can do if by the small chance you have pork shoulder left overs. It’s something a little more inventive than just making carnitas (which to be honest, I might make some tomorrow morning as well…there is just so much leftover!) This recipe not only utilizes the use of leftovers, it also utilizes pantry ingredients.
I know I’ve done something right when my dog decides to join me in the kitchen and starts to beg for food. That’s when I know it’s going to taste good and is almost ready to eat. So if you have a dog and you cook this, I’m almost positive they will try to join you in the kitchen!
Pork Ragu with Penne Pasta
- 1 White or Yellow Onion (diced)
- 2 Red Bell Peppers (diced)
- Big handful of shredded pork shoulder
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 Jar of Marinara Sauce
- 1 Package of Penne Pasta (I used about 3/4 not the entire thing)
- Fresh Parmesan (to be grated into the sauce)
- Salt/Pepper to taste
- Fresh Small bunch of Parsley (chopped lightly)
- Step 1 First, dice your onion and bell peppers. Get your pan hot and ready!
- Step 2 Add butter to pan. You want to get it all melted and add your onion and bell pepper.
- Step 3 Lightly salt the vegetables and caramelize them in pot. This takes about 5 minutes.
- Step 4 Cook pasta according to directions (multitasking is key here)
- Step 5 Add shredded leftover pork shoulder to veggies with the jar of marinara sauce.
- Step 6 Add a tiny pinch of butter to the pot as well.
- Step 7 Let simmer until everything is evenly heated through about ten minutes.
- Step 8 Grate in fresh Parmesan to your liking. The more the better, right? I used about 1/4 of a cup. Mix in.
- Step 9 Add pasta to pan when it’s done cooking (reserving a tiny bit of the pasta water to add to the pot if it’s a little too clumpy).
- Step 10 Add salt/pepper to taste, and toss on freshly chopper parsley.
Lookie at that! No food waste, didn’t have to go to the store because I had everything in my house, made a tasty AF dinner. The only unhappy creature in our house this night was the dog, because she didn’t get any and made me very aware that she wanted some. Sorry, Willow. Maybe next time. These leftovers are for me!