Spiced Pork Chops with Warm Arugula and Orange Pasta Recipe

With bright and fresh Cuban flavors, this protein-packed pasta recipe with pork chops will have your taste buds dancing!


  1. Cook cavatelli according to package directions; drain and reserve 2 tbsp. cooking liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, season pork chops with cumin, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet set over medium heat; cook pork, in batches, for about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown. Transfer to plate.
  3. In same skillet, cook onion, jalapeño and garlic for about 5 minutes or until starting to soften. Stir in broth, orange juice and lime juice; bring to boil.
  4. Return pork chops to skillet; add cavatelli, reserved pasta liquid, arugula, orange segments and 1 tbsp. parsley to skillet. Toss well; cook until sauce thickens and clings to pasta.
  5. Divide pasta among plates. Top each with two pork chops and sprinkle with remaining parsley.


  • Substitute cilantro for parsley.
  • Substitute 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper for jalapeño pepper.

Makes 4 servings. Per serving: 378 calories, 11 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 62 mg cholesterol, 216 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 8 g sugars, 35 g protein

A Pasta Fits original recipe.

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