Carnitas and Orzo in Red Mole Sauce as a meal prep meal.

Carnitas with Orzo in Red Mole Sauce

Carnitas and Orzo in Red Mole Sauce as a meal prep meal.

Carnitas and Orzo in Red Mole Sauce

Tonia Bloom
Carnitas aren't usually made into a casserole, but this one is like having fajitas in one easy dish. Which is why this casserole makes the perfect Meal Prep Meal.
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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Roasting the Pork 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Diet Blue, Low Carb, Low Sodium
Servings 8
Cost $1.21 per serving
Sodium 293 mg

Equipment

  • Roasting Pan with Rack
  • 13x9-inch Baking Pan

Ingredients
  

  • pounds Boneless Pork Shoulder Butt Roast
  • teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces Whole Wheat Orzo
  • 3 Bell Peppers any color, chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno Pepper seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • ¼ cup Red Mole Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons No Salt Added Tomato Paste
  • 4 ounces Reduced Fat Cheddar Jack Cheese shredded

Instructions
 

Roast the Pork:

  • Place pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan with a rack. Sprinkle pork with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Bake at 325°F for about 1½ hours. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes. Trim fat and cut meat into ½ inch chunks. Set aside.

Make the Casserole:

  • Cook orzo according to package directions without salt for al dente. Drain and set aside.
    Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until crisp tender. Remove from heat and stir in pork and orzo. Grease 13x9-inch baking pan and spoon mixture into pan.
    Whisk chicken broth, mole sauce, tomato paste, and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt in a small pan over medium heat. Cook and stir until bubbly and slightly thickened. Pour over mixture in 13x9-inch baking pan. Sprinkle cheese on top.
    Cover and bake in preheated 350°F oven for 40-45 minutes.

Plate and Serve:

  • Divide mixture evenly between 8 plates and garnish with cilantro if desired.
    Package any leftovers in airtight containers. Store in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Carnitas and Orzo in Red Mole Sauce
Amount per Serving
Calories
329
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
36
mg
12
%
Sodium
 
293
mg
13
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
10
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
2
g
2
%
Protein
 
18
g
36
%
Carb Count
 
2
13
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Casserole Dishes, Dinner Recipes, Heart Healthy, Meal Prep Recipes, Pasta and Pizza, Pork Recipes
Food Groups ***Meat = 1.5 servings, Starch = 1.5 servings, Vegetables = .5 serving, Fat = 1
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