Ziti Pasta with Pork and Escarole in Creamy Thyme Sauce Recipe

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Joann Peters Modified: March 21, 2022
Ziti Pasta with Pork and Escarole in Creamy Thyme Sauce Recipe

How To Make Ziti Pasta with Pork and Escarole in Creamy Thyme Sauce

Filling and delicious, this ziti pasta yields a savory meal loaded with tender, crispy pork, lightly bitter escarole, all tossed in a rich and herby sauce!

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes



  • 1lbpork tenderloin
  • ¾tspsalt
  • ½tspfresh ground black pepper
  • 3tbspcooking oil
  • ½lbescarole
  • 1shallot,or 2 scallions including green tops
  • ½cupchicken broth,canned, low sodium
  • ½tspdried thyme
  • 2tspgrainy mustard,or dijon mustard
  • ½cupheavy cream
  • ½lbziti


  1. Cut the pork into ½-inch slices and flatten them with the heel of hand. Sprinkle the pork with ¼ teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.

  2. In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over moderate heat. Cook the pork, in two batches if necessary, for about 1 minute per side, until just barely done.

  3. Remove the pork from the pan, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then cut into thin strips.

  4. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderate heat. Add the escarole, shallot, ¼ teaspoon of the salt and the remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring for about 1 minute, until the escarole wilts.

  5. Add the broth and the thyme and simmer for about 3 minutes, until the broth is reduced to ¼ cup. Whisk in the mustard, cream, and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of salt; bring just to a simmer.

  6. Add the pork and any accumulated juices to the sauce, and remove from the heat.

  7. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ziti for about 13 minutes, until just done. Drain and toss with the sauce.

  8. Serve warm, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 575.72kcal
  • Fat: 26.90g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.25g
  • Trans Fat: 0.08g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.69g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 4.44g
  • Carbohydrates: 49.43g
  • Fiber: 4.28g
  • Sugar: 4.01g
  • Protein: 33.20g
  • Cholesterol: 115.37mg
  • Sodium: 583.25mg
  • Calcium: 61.00mg
  • Potassium: 804.62mg
  • Iron: 2.46mg
  • Vitamin A: 123.60µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.08mg
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