Fiery Wagon Wheels

Fiery Wagon Wheels
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  • 6Servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 pound rotelle pasta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 7 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bunch scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
  • 1 28 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving


Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Arrange the pork evenly in the pan and freeze, along with a blade, for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 2 cups of the pasta cooking water, and transfer to a large serving bowl.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium, add the garlic and scallion whites and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their liquid and simmer for 10 minutes.

Fit the chilled blade into the food processor. Working in 2 batches, add the pork, red pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and pulse until the meat is ground. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Transfer to the tomato sauce. Add 1 cup pasta cooking water to the skillet and scrape up the browned bits; add to the sauce.

Simmer the sauce over low heat for 5 minutes. Pour over the pasta;add the parsley, scallion greens and cheese and toss, adding more pasta water if necessary. Pass extra parmesan at the table.