This is a delicious weeknight meal. Hearty and filling with Mediterranean flavors, it's sure to become a family favorite. The addition of Sicilian Lemon Balsamic Vinegar adds a delicious freshness to the dish.
16 oz. rotini pasta
3 T. olive oil
1 cup minced onions
1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
1/4 cup diced oil-packed, sun-dried tomatoes
3 T. tomato paste
1 T. minced fresh garlic
1 t. each sugar and red pepper flakes
1/2 t. dried oregano
1 lb. ground pork
1 (28 oz.) can whole lemons, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
freshly ground Parmesan cheese for topping
Cook rotini pasta in a pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain.
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add onions, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, sugar, pepper flakes, and oregano; cook, until onions soften, 3 minutes.
Add pork and cook until no longer pink, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, 6 - 7 minutes.
Stir in balsamic vinegar and cook until it is absorbed. Add tomatoes, bring ragu to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes. Stir in parsley and season ragu with salt and pepper.
Serve rotini with ragu and garnish with Parmesan.
Adapted from Cuisine at Home Issue No. 122