Pork Pasta with Dried Mushrooms & Spinach

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This pork pasta is made with ground pork, spinach and dried mushrooms for a rich hit of umami. Sprinkled with plenty of parmesan this is the ultimate in winter comfort food.

This pasta is the absolute best!

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It’s honestly unreal. Considering how easy it is to make and that it only takes a handful of ingredients it’s full of a ridiculous amount of flavour.

Dried mushrooms are one of my favourite umami boosters and there’s a whole load of them in this pasta recipe. If they’re an ingredient you don’t use very often you should really give them a go…starting with this pasta dish.

I like to use a pork mince with a slightly higher fat percentage (I went for 20%) because it helps to make this dish really rich and unctuous. 

The thing I love about this dish is that there isn’t really a sauce. Somehow with the combination of the liquid from soaking the mushrooms, the fat from the pork and a little tomato puree and pasta water you create a rich coating on the pasta which is finished off with a big handful of parmesan.

White pot of pork mince pasta with spinach

Blue bowl of pork rigatoni with a gold fork

Why we love this pork pasta…

It’s such an easy recipe which you can make so quickly and easily on a weeknight.

Most of the ingredients you need for this recipe are things you’ll probably have on hand most of the time like onion,  garlic, tomato puree and pasta.

You can add extra veggies to this recipe if you want to make it healthier although I kind of love it how it is with just a hint of green from the spinach and whole lot of comfort from everything else.

Overhead shot of pork pasta in a blue bowl on a blue surface

Close up of rigatoni with pork and spinach

Pork Mince Pasta Ingredients

Dried Porcini Mushrooms: These are soaked in boiling water to rehydrate them and then added straight to the pasta for a big hit of umami flavour.

Pork Mince: Preferably 20% fat to add plenty of richness to the dish.

Tomato Puree

Onion & Garlic

Rigatoni: Or you could go far any cut of pasta you like.

Spinach: Wilted through just before serving. Kale would also work.

Parmesan: The more the better!

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Close up of pork mince pasta in a blue bowl

How to make pork pasta

Soak the mushrooms: Put the dried mushrooms in a small bowl and pour over boiling water. Leave them to soak while you heat the olive oil in a pot and add the pork mince. Fry until browned all over.

Add the rest of the ingredients: Add the tomato puree, onion and garlic to the pan and fry for a couple of minutes then pour in the mushrooms and soaking liquid and simmer for 10 minutes. Cook the pasta.

Finish the dish: Add the cooked pasta and 250ml of pasta water to the pot with the spinach and parmesan and cook for a couple more minutes then serve.

Overhead shot of pork mince pasta on a blue background with a gold fork

Blue bowl of pork pasta on a blue background

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Overhead shot of pork pasta in a blue bowl on a blue surface

Pork Pasta with Dried Mushrooms & Spinach

This pork pasta is made with ground pork, spinach and dried mushrooms for a rich hit of umami. Sprinkled with plenty of parmesan this is the ultimate in winter comfort food.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 549kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 30 g Dried Porcini Mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 500 g Pork Mince
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 400 g Rigatoni
  • 100 g Spinach
  • 50 g Parmesan Cheese grated

Instructions

  • Put the dried mushrooms in a small bowl and pour boiling water over them. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add the pork mince. Cook over a high heat, breaking it up into pieces.
  • Add the tomato puree, onion and garlic to the pan and continue to fry. Remove the mushrooms from the water (keeping the liquid) and add them to the pan. Add the soaking liquid to the pan and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
  • Reserve a mugful of pasta water then drain the pasta and place in the pot with the pork. Add 250ml of pasta water, the spinach and the parmesan then cook for another couple of minutes until the spinach has wilted.
Nutrition Facts
Pork Pasta with Dried Mushrooms & Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 549 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 200mg8%
Potassium 615mg18%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1655IU33%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    31/01/2020 at 11:57 PM

    5 stars
    I adore finding new pasta ideas. This one looks right up my alley! Bookmarking it to make later!

  • Reply
    Sapana
    01/02/2020 at 12:05 AM

    5 stars
    I love that you use porcini mushrooms in this pasta — so good!

  • Reply
    traci
    01/02/2020 at 12:15 AM

    5 stars
    Porcini and pork together…divinnnne! So easy too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    Pamela
    01/02/2020 at 12:22 AM

    I love quick pasta meals like this, especially for weeknights! This looks great, I really love the addition of the spinach!

  • Reply
    Katie
    01/02/2020 at 1:02 AM

    5 stars
    Made this for the family and it was a hit!

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