Weeknight Pasta


We like this quick and easy weeknight supper.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups penne pasta (such as Barilla®)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • ½ pound boneless pork chops, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 3 small zucchini, sliced

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (24 ounce) jar tomato basil pasta sauce (such as Barilla®)

  • ½ cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; add penne and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Return pasta to the pot; cover and keep warm.

  2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; place pork in skillet and sprinkle with cider vinegar. Cook and stir pork until barely pink at the center, about 3 minutes. Stir zucchini, onion, and garlic into pork; cook and stir until vegetables are soft, about 7 minutes. Pour pasta sauce and reserved pasta water into pork mixture; cook until heated through, about 3 minutes.

  3. Place pasta in a warmed serving dish; stir cheese into sauce mixture and pour over pasta. Toss pasta with sauce and serve.

Cook's Note:

Cut prep time by slicing meat, and chopping vegetables while water is coming to the boil, and while other ingredients are cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

747 Calories
14g Fat
116g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 747
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 892mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 116g 42%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 20mg 100%
Calcium 204mg 16%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 1092mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.