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Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Monday, December 8, 2014

PORK CACCIATORE WITH PENNE PASTA

I love pork and pasta so this is the perfect combination for me. This is a Kraft Foods recipe which is why their brands are listed.

1
can  (14.5 oz.) HUNT'S® Diced Tomatoes, undrained
1
can  (6 oz.) HUNT'S® Tomato Paste
2
large  green peppers, chopped
1/2
lb.  sliced fresh mushrooms
1
small  onion, chopped
1
 pork tenderloin (1 lb.)
1
tsp.  dried oregano leaves
2
cups  multi-grain penne pasta, uncooked
1
Tbsp.  cornstarch
1/4
cup  water
1
cup  KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
2
Tbsp.  KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

MIX tomatoes and tomato paste in slow cooker until blended. Stir in vegetables.
CUT meat into 8 pieces; pound to 1/2-inch thickness. Sprinkle with oregano. Add to slow cooker; press into sauce with back of spoon. Cover with lid; cook on LOW 4 to 4-1/2 hours (or on HIGH 2-1/2 to 3 hours).
COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Transfer meat to plate, reserving sauce in slow cooker; cover meat to keep warm. Mix cornstarch and water until blended. Add to sauce; stir. Cook, covered, on HIGH 6 to 8 min. or until thickened.
DRAIN pasta; spoon onto serving plates. Top with meat, sauce and cheeses.
Yield: 4 servings

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