Quick And Easy Minced Pork Recipes For Busy Weeknights

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Minced pork, also known as ground pork, is a versatile and budget-friendly ingredient that can be transformed into countless delicious dishes. From Asian-inspired stir-fries to comforting pasta sauces, the possibilities are endless. In this guide, we’ll explore some easy minced pork recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights or weekend feasts.

The All-Star Ingredients

Vietnamese Caramelised Pork Bowls - RecipeTin Eats
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Before we dive into the recipes, let’s gather our essential ingredients:

Minced Pork: Choose lean ground pork (around 80/20 lean-to-fat ratio) for most recipes. Fattier options can work but may require draining excess grease during cooking.

  • Aromatics: Onion, garlic, and ginger are a holy trinity in many minced pork dishes. Experiment with other aromatics like shallots or lemongrass for variety.
  • Vegetables: From classic bell peppers to heartier options like broccoli and carrots, vegetables add texture, flavor, and nutrients to your dish.
  • Sauces and Seasonings: Soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, and various chili pastes are common choices for Asian-inspired dishes. Don’t forget classic seasonings like salt, pepper, and paprika.

  • Recipe 1: Speedy Stir-Fried Minced Pork with Noodles

    This recipe is a weeknight lifesaver, ready in under 30 minutes.

    Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 500g minced pork
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (slurry)
  • 300g noodles of your choice (rice noodles, ramen, etc.)
  • Chopped scallions (optional, for garnish)

  • Directions:

    1. Heat oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, cook for another minute.
    2. Increase heat to high and add minced pork. Cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned.
    3. Add bell pepper and broccoli, cook for another 3-4 minutes until slightly softened.
    4. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, and cornstarch slurry. Pour into the pan and stir well to coat the ingredients.
    5. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute.
    6. While the sauce simmers, cook your noodles according to package instructions.
    7. Drain the noodles and add them to the pan with the minced pork mixture. Toss to combine and heat through.
    8. Serve hot, garnished with chopped scallions if desired.

    Recipe 2: Hearty Minced Pork Lasagna

    This recipe offers a delicious twist on the classic lasagna.

    Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 500g minced pork
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 box (9×13 inch) lasagna noodles (no pre-cooking needed)
  • 500g ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute.
    3. Increase heat to high and add minced pork. Cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned.
    4. Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, allowing flavors to meld.
    5. In a separate bowl, combine ricotta cheese with a pinch of salt and pepper.
    6. Spread a thin layer of meat sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles. Spread a layer of ricotta cheese mixture over the noodles. Repeat with remaining sauce, noodles, and ricotta cheese, ending with a layer of sauce.
    7. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over the top.