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Puerto Rican spaghetti with pork chops is a must make for pasta night.
Bite sized chunks of pork chops in sofrito sauce cover pasta for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
My mom would often times make this pork chop pasta dish.
I have to say, I'm shocked that I have yet to meet someone else who makes spaghetti with pork chops!
Today, I'm using Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork® for this spaghetti con chuletas recipe. Here's why:
- Smithfield's All Natural Fresh Pork always leaves me with juicy and tender pork recipes. I know my pork will result in a fresh, clean, farm to table taste. How? By not having added preservatives, hormones, or steroids.
- Buying local is always best. I know that with purchasing pork from Smithfield, I am paying for quality pork raised in the United States.
- Boneless pork chops are incredibly versatile. You can fry the whole pork chop, grill it, bake it, chop it to add to your rice, or do like I did and add it to your spaghetti. Seriously, dinner in under 30 minutes!
Spaghetti and Pork Chop Ingredients
The list of ingredients for this Puerto Rican spaghetti with pork chops seems long, just remember it comes together easily. The sauce is made of what we call sofrito. A blend of garlic, onions, peppers, and cilantro.
- Smithfield All Natural Fresh Boneless Pork Chops
- garlic powder
- bell peppers
- tomato paste
- crushed tomatoes
- cooked pasta
Time needed: 30 minutes.
How To Make Puerto Rican Spaghetti with Pork Chops
- Cut your pork.
Chop your pork into small bite sized chunks, about an inch thick.
- Season your pork chops.
Basic seasonings such as salt, black pepper, and oregano goes a long way!
- Brown the pork chops.
In this step, we are just browning our pork chops, not frying to cook through.
- Remove pork.
Once the outside of the pork has slightly browned (not too crispy), remove the pork and allow it to rest to make the sofrito sauce for the spaghetti.
- Saute the vegetables.
You may have to add a little bit more oil at this point. Add your vegetables, except for the garlic, and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the peppers and onions have slightly softened.
- Add garlic and cilantro.
Cook just thirty seconds.
- Add tomato paste and crushed tomatoes.
I love saucy spaghetti, if you like your spaghetti with pork chops more on the dry side, omit the crushed tomatoes and add in a little chicken broth to thin out the crushed tomatoes.
- Return the pork chops.
Add the pork chops into the spaghetti sauce, stir and lower the heat to a gentle simmer. Allow the sofrito sauce to cook for about 10 minutes so the pork finishes cooking through.
- Fold in the pasta.
Add your cooked pasta, little by little, and mix to coat. Serve right away.
Your local Walmart should have Smithfield pork products, such as:
-Smithfield® All Natural Fresh Pork Back Ribs
-Smithfield® All Natural Fresh Pork Tenderloin
-Smithfield® All Natural Fresh Pork Boneless Shoulder Butt Roast
You can order online for store pickup for ease and to continue social distancing for groceries.
Pork chops tend to cook quickly, especially pork without bones.
Here are some tried and true cook times:
Cook times for chops, loins and roasts: Medium Rare -145-150’F Medium – 150-155’F Medium Well – 155-160’F Well – 160’F.
Remember, the sweet spot is 145 degrees, and allowing your pork to rest for three minutes ensures it stays super juicy, and not tough.
Want to learn more about cooking the perfect pork? Be sure to check out Meat Your Match for more information.
More pork recipes to try!
Here are more Puerto Rican recipes that use pork!
Puerto Rican Spaghetti with Pork Chops
- 1.5 pounds Smithfield All Natural Fresh Boneless Pork Chops chopped into bite sizes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2-4 tablespoons oil
- 1 yellow onion julienned
- 1 red bell pepper julienned
- 1 green bell pepper julienned
- 1 yellow bell pepper julienned
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped
- 2 sprigs oregano fresh
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 28 ounce crushed tomatoes
- ¼ cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 1 pound cooked pasta
- Season pork with salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic powder.
- Warm oil over medium high heat and add seasoned pork.
- Brown pork on all sides, a total of 4-6 minutes.
- Remove pork, add more oil if needed, add in onion and bell peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally for 4-6 minutes, or until softened.
- Add in garlic, cilantro, and oregano. Cook for 30 seconds.
- Add in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and vinegar. Stir and bring to a slow simmer.
- Return pork, mix and cover.
- Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 10 minutes to allow pork to cook through and for flavors to infuse.
- Remove cover, stir and taste for seasonings. Add more salt and pepper, if desired.
- Fold in cooked pasta.