Roast pork with walnut pesto on pasta

Roast pork with walnut pesto on pasta

One of my favorite things about leftovers are the things you can turn them into. While most home cooks wouldn’t slow roast a hunk of pork to make a pasta dish, if you happen to have some sitting around, there are lots of awesome possibilities that open up.

This is something I was contemplating while the pork was still roasting in the oven on Sunday. It’s a bit unusual for me in that I actually have a great dislike for walnuts (unless they are candied and in a salad), but for some reason, as the aroma of ginger, garlic and 5-spice wafted through the apartment, all I could think about was how well it would go with walnuts.

The following is a ludicrously simple recipe (assuming you have roast pork sitting around) that tastes a lot more complex than it actually is. I didn’t want chunks of walnuts, interrupting the texture of the al dente, pasta, so I pounded the walnuts into a paste with a mortar and pestle with some olive oil and Pecorino Romano cheese. The cheese adds a slightly sharp saltiness that compliments both the rich pork and walnuts nicely. I wanted to make this with orecchiette (little ear pasta), but unfortunately my groceries didn’t show up when I thought they were going to, so I had to make due with boring old linguine this time.

1/3 C walnut halves
1/4 C grated pecorino romano cheese
2 Tbs olive oil
freshly ground black pepper

1 C roast pork cut into 1/2″ cubes
8 oz cooked pasta

Using a mortar and pestle (or food processor), crush the walnuts until a fine paste. Add the cheese, olive oil and black pepper and combine.

When the pasta, is done, drain and add the cubed roast pork into the hot pot along with the pasta and pesto. Toss to thoroughly coat the pasta with the pesto then serve immediately.

  • http://www.bakingblondie7.blogspot.com/ Jessica

    Wow that looks delicious, nice picture too!

  • http://www.bakingblondie7.blogspot.com Jessica

    Wow that looks delicious, nice picture too!

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Mmmm..the pesto sounds so crunchy and perfect for that leftover pork and pasta. Very creative indeed!

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Mmmm..the pesto sounds so crunchy and perfect for that leftover pork and pasta. Very creative indeed!

  • http://www.sugarbar.org/ diva

    the pesto sounds so quick and easy. bish bash bang! love it. somehow i’ve never really appreciated chinese roast pork because my mum was a big health freak and never let us have it but this recipe sounds like one of the ultimate leftover meals ever. gota try it

  • http://www.sugarbar.org diva

    the pesto sounds so quick and easy. bish bash bang! love it. somehow i’ve never really appreciated chinese roast pork because my mum was a big health freak and never let us have it but this recipe sounds like one of the ultimate leftover meals ever. gota try it

  • http://lifeflix.blogspot.com/ Marichelle

    OK you had me with your first 2 posts – I LOVE pork and these first two dishes look amazing!!

  • http://lifeflix.blogspot.com/ Marichelle

    OK you had me with your first 2 posts – I LOVE pork and these first two dishes look amazing!!

  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com/ Susan at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy

    What a great way to use up that delicious pork! It looks wonderful!

  • http://stickygooeycreamychewy.blogspot.com Susan at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy

    What a great way to use up that delicious pork! It looks wonderful!

  • http://www.cakespy.com/ Cakespy

    Wow, this looks completely delicious! Clever and beautifully done. What’s for dessert? :-)

  • http://www.cakespy.com Cakespy

    Wow, this looks completely delicious! Clever and beautifully done. What’s for dessert? :-)

  • http://happylovestrawberry.blogspot.com/ Indigo

    Walnut pesto is a fantastic idea; these flavours sound gorgeous together! And this looks beautiful, too.

  • http://happylovestrawberry.blogspot.com/ Indigo

    Walnut pesto is a fantastic idea; these flavours sound gorgeous together! And this looks beautiful, too.

  • Sylvia

    Nice idea for pork leftover. I sure that was delicious.The fhoto is beautiful too

  • http://http//lavidaenbuenosairesyafines.blogspot.com Sylvia

    Nice idea for pork leftover. I sure that was delicious.The fhoto is beautiful too

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com/ Tartelette

    Leftover pork always end up in pasta dishes with me (no joke) so now I have one new roast recipe to try and one new pasta dish! The picture is just gorgeous in color and light!

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    Leftover pork always end up in pasta dishes with me (no joke) so now I have one new roast recipe to try and one new pasta dish! The picture is just gorgeous in color and light!

  • http://www.teczcape.blogspot.com/ tigerfish

    I’ve used braised ribs leftovers with soba noodles previously and it’s delicious, esp when the noodles soak up the essence of the braised ribs :)

  • http://www.teczcape.blogspot.com tigerfish

    I’ve used braised ribs leftovers with soba noodles previously and it’s delicious, esp when the noodles soak up the essence of the braised ribs :)

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