I was shopping in my local grocery the other day and they had Cajun Flavored Pork Tenderloin from my friends at Prairie Fresh Pork! Snatching one quickly into my cart, I started thinking about how to best serve it. I knew I wanted to get that great grilled flavor, but I’ve also been craving pasta. So, I made a super-easy recipe for creole pasta with cajun pork tenderloin.
Seasoned pork tenderloins save time!
I’m usually all about making my own seasonings, but sometimes I’m in a huge hurry. That’s why I grabbed the tenderloin. I know Prairie Fresh products, and I knew this would be tasty, but I was surprised how deep the flavor was in the tenderloin.
Grilling pork tenderloins- you don’t have to cook them well done anymore!
I’m a big believer in the flavor of pork tenderloin cooked to medium. Cooking time is usually 3 minutes per “side,” or 12 minutes total to get me to ther range I want to get to on doneness. This will vary a bit depending on the size of the tenderloin and the grill temperature. I usually pull my tenderloins at 140-142 degrees, then let rest for 8-10 minutes. During the rest, the internal temperature will climb over 145, the recommended temperature to serve pork tenderloins.
While the pork is cooking, you can easily cook the pasta and prep the veggies. Then, while the pork rests, sautee the veggies in some olive oil, add in alfredo sauce, cajun seasoning and pasta. Slice the tenderoin into strips and toss in the pasta. Voila!
You and your family will love this super simple dish, and you can get dinner on the table in 30 minutes!
- 1 Prairie Fresh Cajun Pork Tenderloin
- 1/2 red bell pepper cut into thin strips
- 1/2 yellow onion cut into thin strips
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 oz olive oil
- 1 jar Alfredo Sauce
- 1/3 cup creole seasoning
- 8 oz Dry Penne Pasta cooked
- Start by removing the pork tenderloin from the fridge to start coming up to temperature. Fire up grill, and put salted water on for penne. Slice vegetables. Cook pasta, drain and toss with a bit of olive oil to keep it from sticking.
- Grill pork tenderloin. For an average sized pork tenderloin, I usually grill it for a total of 10-12 minutes or until a meat thermometer gets to 140 degrees. Remove to a plate, cover and let rest.
- In a large skillet, add olive oil, onions, mushrooms and red bell peppers. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add garlic. Cook until onions are softened and opaque. Add alfredo sauce and stir until hot, then add creole seasonig and pasta. Cook until hot. Slice pork tenderloin and add to dish and toss to coat the pork. Enjoy!