Creamy Pork Casserole – tender pieces of pork loin in a rich creamy tomato sauce with mushrooms and butternut squash.
Creamy Tomato Sauce for Casserole
I love a good ole casserole, but it has to have a good sauce or gravy. So when I had some pork loins that needed to be used up, I had a real craving for a yummy creamy tomato sauce. The kind of sauce you can literally eat on its own with a spoon.
This sauce does not disappoint and has so much flavour from the added vegetables such as butternut squash and mushrooms. The butternut squash adds a lovely natural sweet taste and removes some of the acidity of the canned tomatoes. Perfect!!
Best Cut of Pork for Casseroles
So you may be wondering what is the best cut of pork to use for a pork casserole. Well, my favourite is Boneless Pork Loin Rib Chops, they really absorb all that flavour in the sauce and stay nice and tender.
Other cuts that are good for this are:
- Chump End/Chops
- Tenderloin or Leg
- Pork Shoulder
Just be aware that you need to trim off any visible fat to keep it syn free and some cuts are much fattier than others.
Can I use other meat or protein?
That’s a great question and if you don’t like pork, this works just as well with boneless skinless chicken thighs. Chicken breasts will work too, but I prefer to use thighs in casserole dishes as the meat stays much more tender and absorbs more flavour.
Hey, you could even use some fillets of white fish in this creamy sauce or even prawns (shrimp).
Just be aware that whatever you choose for your protein base it may have a slightly shorter cooking time than the pork.
You could even make this vegetarian, by adding in quorn pieces or something like chickpeas or cannelini beans instead of meat. Yum!!
Sides for Creamy Pork Casserole
You may be wondering what sides work well with this casserole dish. Some of my favourites are:
- Crushed Roast Potatoes
- Garlic and Herb Roast Potatoes
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sour Cream and Spring Onion Mashed Cauliflower
- Perfect Oven Baked Chips
- Garlic and Herb Potato Wedges
and if you are wondering on some choice for a vegetable side, a few of my favourites are:
- Fresh Baby Spinach
- Sauted Shredded Garlic Brussel Sprouts
- Roasted Broccoli
- Roasted Cauliflower
- ROSEMARY ROASTED POTATOES, PARSNIPS, CARROTS AND ONION
- MAPLE GLAZED CARROTS
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Can I use Quark instead of Cream Cheese?
It’s a question I see often and there are a few things to consider.
Quark is much more sour tasting that cream cheese (like Philadelphia) so you won’t get that yummy creamy taste with quark.
Secondly, quark doesn’t cope well with heat, unlike cream cheese which melts into a creamy goodness. If you overheat the quark it will split resulting in a not very pleasant looking sauce.
Lastly, it really isn’t that many syns for the amount of cream cheese used when you divide up into portions.
That aside if you really can’t bear to use up some syns, be all means use quark, just take into account what I have mentioned above.
I recommend spooning some of the sauce into the quark to slowly warm up and never use straight from the fridge. Then remove the pan from the heat when you stir in the quark into the whole dish.
Originally created on the 26th January 2012 and updated on the 31st March 2020
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Serving Size: 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 314Total Fat: 15.1gSaturated Fat: 4.5gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 704mgCarbohydrates: 15.1gFiber: 3.5gSugar: 7.5gProtein: 43.1g
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