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Creamy Cavatelli Pasta with Braised Pork

Recipe Courtesy of Eating Well

Prep time:  5 mins | Cook time:  20 mins

Total time:  25 mins | Serves: 6


  • 8 ounces cavatelli or orecchiette pasta

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 8 cloves black garlic, chopped

  • 1 cup chopped shishito peppers

  • 2 cups shredded braised pork (see Associated Recipes)

  • ½ cup torn fresh basil leaves

  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water, then drain.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes, garlic and black garlic. Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes start to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Add peppers; cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in the pasta, pork and 1/2 cup cooking water. Cook, stirring gently, until coated, about 2 minutes, adding more cooking water as needed.

  3. Remove from heat and stir in basil, mayonnaise, vinegar and salt. Toss to evenly coat.

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