Fresh from my success with a vegetable loaded sausage casserole I put together a similar dish with pork chops but changed things around a bit. It was another hit, it turns out that the children really quite like Provençal vegetables.
I put the pork and veggies together the night before and took the whole thing out of the fridge a couple of hours before dinner time.
I griddled the pork chops quite heavily for colour but didn’t cook them through and popped at the bottom of a decent sized roasting tray.
For the veggies, I sliced up:
The veggies I griddled also to give plenty of colour and get them pretty much cooked. I chucked some cherry tomatoes on the griddle after that to mush them down a bit and char the skins. The whole lot was chucked on top of the chops. Cooled down quickly and chucked in the fridge.
To finish this off on the day I turned the oven up full and blasted it for 20-30 mins, throwing some grated parmesan over the top to cook out for the last few minutes.
Gremolata is probably my very favourite thing to sprinkle over dishes but it’s a bit labour intensive for school nights so instead I boiled up a little bit of double cream with a good slug of water, a little sea salt, the juice of a lemon, a teeny bit of black pepper and 3 cloves of roughly chopped garlic. Once that had simmered for a couple of minutes I added small cooked florets of broccoli and enough cooked wholemeal spaghetti for 5 and simmer and stirred for a few more minutes, throwing a good handful of coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley at the end.
If you’ve ever combined children and spaghetti with a sauce you’ll know the mess that is sure to follow. To try and help this I’ve taken to using scissors to quickly chop through the spaghetti and make it a little more manageable on the nights I can’t be bothered to deal with the washing, cleaning and redecorating that follows a ‘proper’ spaghetti night.
The left overs we’ll be eating for lunch tomorrow but there are too many veggies so I’ve chucked a good few portions of those in the freezer to go in a pasta sauce another day.