Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tomato Pork Stew With Pasta


The wet season is here, making my days .... brr! I keep warm with cardigans, bowls of hot soup, and can't imagine how I would survive in a place where there's winter seeing that I run for a steaming cup of tea and snuggle up under thick blankets the minute it gets a little cold. It's no surprise that my meals lean toward spicy or soupy recently!

Tomato pork stews show up regularly on my rainy-day menu. I go by the agak-agak (estimate) method when I cook this, throwing whatever I fancy into the mix according to my mood, along with a dollop of tomato ketchup, canned tomatoes or a tablespoon of puree. For this recipe, however, I skipped the bottled stuff and stayed on the path of using fresh ingredients.

Tomato Pork Stew With Small Shells Pasta

It turned out really yummy. Not that I had expected otherwise. The tomatoes I used were bought from the mini-mart downstairs at the apartment where I live, which is supplied by a small-time local farmer.

This is a meal for three.

Tomato Pork Stew With Pasta

Ingredients
- 400g soft pork ribs (rib tips)
- 1 cup Small Shells pasta
- 3 large tomatoes (cut into medium cubes)
- 1 red capsicum (cut into cubes)
- 1 carrot (cut into medium chunks)
- 1 large red onion (chopped)
- 5 cloves garlic (chopped)
- ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley (chop extra for garnishing)
- ¼ cup Chinese cooking wine (rice wine)
- ¼ cup cooking oil
- 1 tsp ground oregano
- ½ tsp chilli flakes
- 4 dried bay leaves
- Black pepper (about 5 dashes)
- Salt
- Water

How-to:
1) Heat cooking oil in a large pan or pot.
2) Saute onions and garlic for about half a minute. Then, add bay leaves and pork. Stir-fry for a bit.
3) Add chilli flakes, black pepper and ground oregano. Stir to combine.
4) Put the tomatoes, carrots, capsicum and parsley in. Season with ½ tsp salt (or to taste). Mix well.
5) Pour in cooking wine, along with 3½ cups water. Cook covered and allow to come to a slow boil.
6) Reduce heat to maintain the slow boil. Leave to cook for at least an hour, until the meat is tender.
7) Taste and season further with salt, if necessary. Finally, add the pasta and cook until done.
8) Garnish with chopped flat-leaf parsley.

1) Ingredients needed. 2) Chopped ingredients.
3) Sauteing the onions and pan-frying the pork. 4) Add all the vegetables in.
5) Stir, then pour the wine in. 6) Add water and leave to cook for an hour.
7) Once the meat is tender, throw the pasta in. Cook until done!

Yummy Tomato Pork Stew With Pasta

Tomato Pork Stew With Pasta

There you go - delicious pasta in a stew of tender pork ribs. Slurp!

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22 comments:

  1. What a comforting and delicious meal! The ribs look so succulent and tender.

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    1. It was a good feeling having a bowl of this on a cold wet day!

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  2. Love one-pot dish like what you've just made, Sharon! It's so fuss-free yet tasty! xoxo

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    1. Oh, me too, Shirley! A satisfying meal. xx :D

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  3. Looks so yummy! Now, I know that November-December is your rainy season.

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    1. Haha...yes, it is. I love the rain, but wish the weather isn't so temperamental.

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  4. this is a lovely dish. All goodies in one plate. Would love to try out this recipe

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  5. great initiative to have all fresh ingredients

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    1. Thanks, Emily. It's something I hope to stick to. :D

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  6. Look at all that colour! I love one-pot wonders particularly with the ingredients you have used. Fresh and delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Kanak. It does look healthy! :D

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  7. This sounds like a delicious soup. I could have used some today! It snowed last night and didn't get above freezing all say! Thanks Sharon!

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    1. Aww...Abbe. I sure hope you're keeping warm with lotsa hot drinks and yummy stews. xx

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  8. Looks so fresh and delicious!

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  9. We have no wet season, but the wetter is also bad. Your dish looks very tasty.

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    1. Thanks! Hope the weather improves at your corner of the world. :)

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  10. Sharon, this is such a hearty stew...it sure would make a wonderful meal...especially that the weather is a bit cold here.
    Have a wonderful week :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana. You have a great week too and keep warm! ^.^

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  11. Hi Sharon,

    What a nice way to enjoy pasta plus pork stew!Extra warming for your tummy :D

    Zoe

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    1. Yes, one of my favourite meals! A rich stew. ^.^

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