Pork Tenderloin Pasta with Pancetta, Creme Fraiche and Mushrooms

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 50 min
  • serves 4

Sliced tenderloin with diced Italian pancetta and shell pasta, made creamy with crème fraîche and garnished with Parmesan cheese and chives.Courtesy of Ontario Pork.

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Directions for: Pork Tenderloin Pasta with Pancetta, Creme Fraiche and Mushrooms


1 pork tenderloin, 12 oz/375 g

salt and ground black pepper

1 Tbsp (15 mL) canola or other vegetable oil

½ cup (125 mL) pancetta, diced

½ large onion, thinly sliced

2 cup (500 mL) mushrooms, sliced

1 tsp (5 mL) garlic, minced

½ cup (125 mL) dry white wine

1 cup (250 mL) crème fraîche

8 oz (250 g) shell pasta. cooked to al dente

Parmesan cheese and chives to garnish


1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F (200°C). Season tenderloin with salt and pepper. Roast for about 20 minutes, or until internal temperature has reached 155°F (68°C). Set aside to rest. Cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. Cut tenderloin lengthwise and then across into thin(1/8-inch/3 mm) slices. Heat Canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and cook, stirring, until pancetta becomes crispy, about 5 minutes. Pour out all but one tablespoon (15 mL) oil and add onion. Sauté until onion slices soften, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook another two minutes.

3. Divide between four pasta bowls and garnish with grated parmesan and snipped chives. A more elegant presentation is to use whole Parmesan: using a vegetable peeler, shave some Parmesan curls over the pasta at the last moment.

4. Tip: Use regular side bacon instead of pancetta to add a smoky flavour to the dish.

5. Tip: Can't find crème fraîche? Add one tablespoon (15 mL) lemon juice to a cup (250 mL) of whipping cream and refrigerate overnight.

6. Tip: Any shape pasta will do, but shells do hold the sauce nicely. In a hurry? Substitute a commercial creamy pasta sauce for the crème fraîche and white wine.

See more: Pork, Italian, Pasta, Main, Dinner, Mushrooms, Roast


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