Lemon Dill Pasta Bowl with Pork

This easy-to-make pasta bowl combines sautéed cabbage, a healthy dose of garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh dill and tender strips of boneless pork to make a light, one-dish meal with a unique flavor profile.

Lemon Dill Pasta Bowl with Pork

Lemon-Dill Pasta Bowl with Pork

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This simple pasta bowl combines tender, boneless pork with sautéed cabbage, garlic, lemon and fresh dill to make a light and easy one-dish meal.


  • 8 ounces pasta, rotini, penne
  • 1 small head cabbage, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 lb boneless pork loin chops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cream or half-and-half
  • Juice and zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 4 lemon wedges


  • Put a pot of salted water on to boil for the pasta.
  • Trim any excess fat from the pork chops, slice them against the grain into thin strips and transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with the olive oil, season lightly with salt and pepper and add about 1/2 teaspoon of the minced garlic. Combine thoroughly and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the remaining garlic, then add the cabbage and continue cooking, stirring often, until the mixture is lightly caramelized, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the cream, cook for 1 minute longer.
  • While the cabbage sautés, cook and drain the pasta according to the package directions and return it to the pan.
  • Add the cabbage mixture along with the lemon juice, lemon zest and dill. If desired, reserve a bit of the dill for garnish. Combine well and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Wipe out the frying pan and put it back on the stove over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook, stirring constantly, until no longer pink, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • To serve, divide the pasta mixture between 4 shallow serving bowls, top with pork and garnish with a sprinkling of dill and a lemon wedge.
Calories: 332kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 413mg, Potassium: 1136mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 581IU, Vitamin C: 101mg, Calcium: 158mg, Iron: 3mg
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