Holiday Prep: Kids in the Kitchen

November 24, 2014 – Hi! I’m Tiffany from the blog Eat at Home. I encourage families to eat at home as often as possible, but that can get overwhelming in December. Everyone is so crazy busy with the holidays and kids’ activities and parties and school events and shopping and…Whew!

Sometimes we just need a break to slow down and really enjoy the holidays with the kids. I think a family dinner is the perfect way to do that, but it has to be easy on you too, right?

Italian Pork Chops and Tortellini - WEBSITEThis recipe for Italian Pork Chops and Tortellini won’t burden your time or your wallet. All the ingredients can be found at ALDI, so you know it’s economical and if your kids are like mine, the pasta makes it an automatic winner for family dinner.

Pull your kids into the kitchen with you to help prep. Let them set the table, fill the cooking pot with water or chop the veggies if they’re old enough to use a knife. Enjoy the prep time with them and then sit down to a relaxing dinner together. Turn on the Christmas lights, light a candle and just be together. That’s what it’s all about, right?

Italian Pork Chops and Tortellini

2 8-ounce packages Priano Cheese Tortellini*
1 ½ pounds Thin Sliced Boneless Pork Chops
Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt, to taste
Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons Carlini Pure Olive Oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6 mini sweet peppers, diced
28 ounces Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes
1 tablespoon Stonemill Essentials Italian Seasoning


  1. Cook tortellini according to package instructions. Drain well.
  2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper to taste. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook pork chops 3-5 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 155°. Work in batches if necessary, tent chops with foil to keep warm.
  3. Reduce heat to medium; add onion and garlic to skillet. Cook until onions are soft.
  4. Add peppers to skillet and continue cooking for 2 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. To serve, place tortellini in a large bowl, top with sauce and pork chops.

Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Tiffany King, Eat at Home.

*Available while quantities last. All products may not be available in all stores. Prices subject to change.

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