Pork Marsala with Pasta

First off, thanks for all your well wishes for my first WI of the year!  But the second week is probably going to be tougher than the first.  Because for me, I tend to get a little complacent in week two – maybe an extra bite here, an extra slice of cheese there.  I really need to keep my focus up so I will continue to show a loss on the scale.

Breakfast was a mini breakfast casserole for one.  1/2 a cup of egg whites, 1 egg, 1 ounce of deli ham, cooked broccoli and 1/2 and ounce of cheese.  I nuked it 2 minutes at home (it was still not cooked through) and finished it off another 1.5 minutes when I got to work.  It was light, tender and tasty!   And the last of the tangerines my PIL sent me – still so good!

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I ended up doing my HIIT app on my phone, but this time I ran 4 minutes, and only walked 1!  I did that rep seven times.


I am contemplating doing the 100 workout again today, but my legs have just gotten over being sore from the last time, but Jenn assures me that my legs will get used to it!

Lunch was amazeballs.  How can you gone with a taco salad?  Mine had romaine, cucumbers, carrots, orange peppers, 4 ounces of taco meat, fat free ranch and Buffalo Tabasco for the dressing.  This seriously took me about 45 minutes to eat.

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I had pork chops on the menu, and I told Tony I had an idea for a pork chop dish with a mushroom white wine sauce.  He immediately said “how about marsala?” I am a bad wife a lot of the times, because some of Tony’s favorite dishes I don’t care for – such as tuna noodle casserole.  Just . . . ew – I make it for him but the smell and combination of tuna and cheese makes me want to throw up.

Now I love marsala, it’s the mushrooms I am not a fan of, but you know what?  I ate a few last night and I think they are growing on me!

Marsala wine is expensive, however, Marsala cooking wine is not – my bottle cost $1.99.  It’s on the same aisle as vinegars and olive oil.

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I have my friend Nicole to thank for last nights dinner, however, I did adapt it a bit.  I also made mine four servings vs. her six servings.  Since Tony doesn’t eat leftovers, they are all mine!

Pork Marsala with Penne Pasta

Makes 4 servings: 423 calories, 15 fat, 33 carbs, 3.1 fiber and 28 protein


  • 6 ounces dry pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces of lean pork (I had two, 6 oz. chops), cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 3/4 cup Marsala cooking wine
  • 8 ounces fat free evaporated milk
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • pinch of crushed red pepper to mine

Cook the pasta according to package directions.  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and cook the pork so it starts to brown, but don’t cook it all the way through.  About 6 minutes.  I tossed my pork in salt and pepper before searing.  Remove to a plate. 

Add the butter, garlic and mushrooms.  Cook for about 3-4 minutes.  Slowly add the Marsala wine, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom.  Then add the evaporated milk, lemon juice, zest, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.  I then put the heat on low, and added back the pork and let the pork cook through – another 5 minutes.

Lastly, I added the Parmesan cheese and stirred until it was melted.  Then tossed the cooked pasta to the skillet and tossed to coat.

Nicole – I will say that the addition of the lemon juice and zest really woke up this dish – the next time you make it, give it a try. Open-mouthed smile  A little GOOD cheese goes a lont way.

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That was Tony’s plate – notice the cheese wrapper and my pink cell phone in the background.  That’s what us professional photographers call “texture.”  Ha!

My plate with the crushed red peppers.  My plate was better.

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This was so good.  The sauce thickened up nicely and coated the pasta beautifully.  Thanks for the idea Tony – this one is a keeper!

I was so comfy this morning, I slept until 7:00!  Now it’s 7:45, and I have 20 minutes to get my shit together.  Thank goodness the world is used to seeing me without makeup every day! Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day! 


38 thoughts on “Pork Marsala with Pasta

  1. That pork looks awesome! I just bought chops two days ago and needed a good recipe – Biz to the rescue! 🙂 I finally made the deep dish pizza on your blog – it was DE-LI-CIOUS! Not exactly calorie friendly but I did use turkey pepperoni and part-skim mozzarella. 😉 Hope you have a fun day!

  2. Keep chugging girl! You can do it. That HIIT app does sound awesome- need to check it out. Mushrooms? NOOOO. The one food I really cant stand. And tuna. Ok…so those two foods…just turn my tummy~~

  3. That looks really yummy. I’ve never made marsala anything! And the kiddo hates mushrooms, so I don’t buy them. I should though…I love them!

  4. I want to eat at your house!

  5. The pasta looks amazing!! I love anything carb-related 🙂

  6. Your dinner looks so gourmet! And good for you–giving mushrooms another shot. I never liked them when I was growing up, but now I can’t get enough. Maybe you’ll be making portobella mushroom burgers and stuffed mushroom appetizers soon?!? 😉

    • Let’s not get ahead of ourselves on the mushrooms Michelle – although I would like to try a marinated portabella burger on the grill this summer. 😀

  7. I’m trying this tonight. It looks great and I have pork chops in the frig for tonights dinner.

  8. I think mushrooms are so gross but I am really trying to learn to like them. I’m making a chicken and red wine dish in the crock pot tonight that has a lb of mushrooms in it. I also made mushroom onion trailers that were awesome.

  9. I am digging that taco salad. And your awesome workout!

  10. Day late here, but awesome work on the first week!

  11. Jenn @ Cooking Aweigh the Pounds

    LOL…you sound skeptical of my advice, Biz!!! 😀 My trainer has had me on some workouts that had me shuffling for 4 days after!

    I’ve become pretty low maintenance as I’ve grown older. My husband used to wait on me to get ready and now I wait on him. 🙂

  12. I’m not a diabetic but just found your blog and enjoyed reading it. As with every New Year… my resolution was to start Weight Watchers. Your blog came just in time. Love your menu items and your ABOUT section was a riot. I’m thrilled to follow your blog. Please feel free to check out mine. K (waistwatchers.blog.com)

  13. MMM….that pork marsela looks wonderful…I love carbs but alas they don’t love me 😦 Pile on the mushrooms though, I “like”.

    Yeah…when I’ve lose a few pounds, for some reason I tend to sabotoge my weight loss and eat a few things I shouldn’t and then UP goes the weight. Losing weight gets harder as I get older. Must remember “moderation”!!!

  14. That pork looks amazeballs 🙂
    So does the taco salad! I love to have that every now and then!

  15. Don’t get complacent now – put down the cheese! 😉

    Chicken marsala is sooooooo good, and your (and Nicole’s) version looks fantastic…yum!!!

  16. Ok point to Tony on this one, I love Tuna Noodle Casserole 🙂 I also love chicken marsala and that pork version looks awesome.

  17. I’ve been wanting to cook with marsala – but have yet to – never think to pick it up at the store! You have me convinced:)

  18. You can totally do week 2 I have faith in you

  19. I like your mini breakfast casserole. That could be a great snack any time of the day!

    🙂 Marion

  20. I have been craving taco salad and after seeing this picture I must make some soon! The Pork Marsala sounds great!

  21. Weighting For 50

    I was “offline” yesterday. Yay on the week’s loss Vat. Don’t hate me….I kinda like Michael Buble. Can we still be friends??? 🙂

  22. My husband has been asking me to make chicken marsala for weeks! I need to be a good wife and get on that. Looks tasty Biz. I have a really old bottle (2 years?) of marsala cooking wine… wonder if that stuff goes bad?

  23. Oh boy that looks so good! I had to smile at the Marsala bottle since it’s Italian but produced by the Holland house (Holland is a popular name for my country) 🙂

    I’m like you with the week 2 thing so lets make a deal we won’t give in this time, nor will we next week and the weeks to come.

  24. […] when I got back to work I was hangry – I had leftover pork marsala, but I added a sautéed zucchini to it, and had a tangerine on the […]

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