Definitely a unique combination of flavors not native to the American palate. It took a few bites to get used to the sweet broth, but we liked it the more we ate. I left out the sweet potato and spinach and replaced it with beefy creminis and kale (it was on-hand). I also cut the pasta (called "bucati" at Trader Joe's) into 1-inch sections after cooking (made them look like boxed mac n cheese noodles). It was fun b/c you could suck the broth through the noodles like a straw...fun for kids. Otherwise it would be a huge mess to eat b/c the noodles fall off your spoon. Skipped the bacon and added a tsp of ham demi glace. Overall, very tastey and a good use of pork.
New England Pork Bowl
bostonsmaman Posted: 01/15/09