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Tip: We recommend removing any tough-to-chew white opaque membrane known as silverskin from the pork. To do this, place tip of a paring knife under membrane and make a small cut to create a tab, hold on to the tab, angle sharp edge upwards, and slide knife along.
Heat Oven + Cook Pasta
Turn oven to 350°F. Bring 2 ½ litres (5 litres for 4 servings) salted water to boil in a large pot. Add ziti pasta and cook for 9-12 minutes, or until al dente. Reserve 1 cup (2 cups for 4 servings) pasta water while pasta is still cooking. Drain ziti pasta through a fine mesh sieve and place back in the pot.
Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium. Drain, pat pork dry on paper towel, and remove any membrane. Season pork well with salt and pepper. Add 1 tbsp. (2 tbsp. for 4 servings) olive oil to skillet and turn to medium-high. Cook pork for 4-5 minutes, turning as needed, until outside is evenly brown. Put pork in oven and set a timer for 10 minutes. Check internal temperature of pork and cook for another 2-3 minutes if needed, until internal temperature of 145°F. Let rest until ready to serve.
Wash and roughly chop spinach. Wash and cut lemon in half. Put second skillet on burner over medium-low heat. Add 1 tbsp. (2 tbsp. for 4 servings) olive oil. When hot, add onions. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until tender and just beginning to brown. Stir in garlic and herb blend until fragrant.
Stir in 1 tbsp. (2 tbsp. for 4 servings) butter until melted. Stir flour in and continue stirring for 1 minute. Slowly stir reserved pasta water into sauce until it thickens and becomes smooth. Add whipping cream, parmesan cheese, and both lemon juice and red pepper flakes to taste. Reduce heat to low until pasta from Step 1 is cooked.
When pasta from Step 1 is cooked, stir sauce and spinach into pasta, until spinach is bright green and tender. Season to taste with salt and remaining lemon juice if desired.
Using a sharp knife, cut pork into ½ inch medallions. Divide pasta into large serving bowls with pork. Enjoy!
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