Pork Chops, Golden Apple and Raisin Sauce, Whole Wheat Pasta Mac-n-Cheddar

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Salt

1/2 pound whole wheat shells or penne pasta

4 golden apples, cored and chopped

1 cup cloudy apple cider

3 tablespoons brown sugar

A handful golden raisins

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 large center cut pork loin chops, 1 1/2-inch thick

Black pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

1 rounded tablespoon all-purpose flour

2 cups milk

1/2 pound extra-sharp white cheddar

A few grates nutmeg, to taste

Dash hot sauce

2 cups broccoli tops, cut into small florets

2 tablespoons spicy brown or grainy Dijon mustard

1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

  1. Heat a large pot of water for pasta. Season water with salt and cook pasta to al dente.
  2. Add apples to a medium pot and stir in cider, sugar, raisins, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Place pot over medium-high heat and cook until tender, about 12 minutes.
  3. Season chops with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add chops and cook 6 to 7 minutes on each side.
  4. While chops cook, heat 2 tablespoons butter in a sauce pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook a minute then whisk in milk and season with salt and pepper. Grate cheese and stir into sauce and season with nutmeg, to taste, and a dash of hot sauce. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Add broccoli to pasta last 2 minutes of cook time. Drain and return to pasta pot. Add cheese sauce and stir to coat.
  6. Add mustard and syrup to chops and glaze, 1 minute.
  7. Serve pork with apple sauce, macaroni and cheddar with broccoli along side.

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