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The Recipe Critic's Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta

August 19, 2019
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Photo by Bobbi Lin
Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is shared in partnership with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. —The Editors

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Serves 2 to 4
  • 1 package Smithfield Boneless Pork Shoulder Seasoned Carnitas
  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, diced tomato, sliced avocado
In This Recipe
  1. Prepare seasoned carnitas according to package directions. Set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente.
  2. Add olive oil to a medium-size skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and sauté until tender. Set aside on a plate.
  3. Add heavy cream, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, chili powder, cumin, and paprika to the skillet. Whisk and let simmer until it starts to thicken. Add pork and peppers to the sauce and toss until coated and heated through.
  4. Serve warm with optional toppings, if you like

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