In honor of National Pork Month, my first installment of Tuesday Tasty Pork Recipe for the month is one of my favorite pasta dishes that includes two pork products - ham and bacon!
Val's Sicilian Pasta Sauce
(One of my favorite restaurant's growing up was Valentino's, an Italian restaurant, which has a great Sicilian Pasta. So this is my rendition and take on it!)
1/2 lb. bacon
2-3 Tbsp. margarine
2-3 cloves garlic, grated
3-4 Tbsp. flour
2 cups whole milk
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tsp. chopped parsley
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 cups diced ham
2 cans sliced mushrooms
2 cups Italian shredded cheese
Cut bacon into bite-sized pieces and fry. Once bacon is fried to your liking, set aside.
Add margarine to bacon grease. Let melt and then add garlic. Cook for one minute and then add flour to make roux.
Slowly whisk in milk to make sauce.
Once sauce is made, stir in bouillon cube, parley, Italian seasoning...
and the ham, bacon and mushrooms.
Finally add the cheese and let sit over medium heat for a couple of minutes.
Serve sauce over choice of pasta. My family's preference is rotini or radiatori noodles.
What's your favorite pork product to cook with - ham? bacon? ground pork? pork chops? ribs? roast? Share the name of your favorite pork product to cook with in the comment section and you'll be entered to win a pig silicon pot holder from the Iowa Soybean Association and the Soybean Checkoff! The winner will be announced next week!