Pork Loin vs. Pork Tenderloin
Yes, it matters. While we’ve all been tempted to shrug our shoulders and say “same difference” when you find a close enough ingredient, pork loin, and pork tenderloin require different cooking methods.
Which means if you pick up the wrong one, you should find a recipe that suits it rather than soldier on.
Sometimes you don’t even realize you got the wrong pork, because hey, you’ve got a thousand other things on your mind. So just a quick cautionary tale that in this case, details matter.
Here’s why: pork tenderloin (which is what we want) is best cooked for a short period of time over relatively high heat.
Pork loin, on the other hand, is best prepared by slow roasting after grilling or searing. A slow cooker is another option for this cut.
Pork tenderloin is thinner, while pork loin is usually wide, and thicker.
How to Make Keto Fettucine
Fettucine is a most enjoyable pasta. Who doesn’t love thick eggy noodles drenched in some sort of luscious sauce?
You may be wondering why I’m talking pasta at all on a Keto website. It seems cruel, and you’d think I’d have more sympathy for the low-carb community.
I have lots of sympathies! That’s why I’ve come to save you from the despair of pasta cravings with a dish that gives you all the joy of pasta without an avalanche of carbs.
The magic comes with shirataki noodles. If you haven’t tried them before, now is the perfect time to get over your hesitation.
These guys are the real deal. They look and feel like real noodles, so much so that it might seem dangerously close to cheating. But it’s not!
These noodles are mostly water, with a little fiber called glucomannan. They’re super low in calories and have next to no carbs. Amazing!
A Guide to Keto Pasta
Pasta lovers rejoice! You can continue to enjoy mouth-watering pasta dishes on Keto!
You just have to get a little creative with your noodles. Shirataki noodles and spaghetti squash are two options, but there are more where that came from.
Check out this must-read guide to the best Keto pasta. You’ll find the perfect noodle substitute for any dish, as well as information on which kinds of pasta to avoid.
A subtle, delicious leek sauce tops this low carb pasta dish.
- 5 3-oz packs (425 g) of shirataki noodles, fettuccine
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut oil
- 1/2 lb (225 g) of pork tenderloin
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 leek (90 g), finely sliced
- 2 garlic cloves (6 g), peeled and finely chopped
- Dash of chicken broth
- 4 Tablespoons (60 ml) of coconut cream
- 1/4 cup (8 g) of fresh basil leaves, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400 F/200 C.
- Rinse the shirataki noodles under cold, running water and keep warm in a pot of gently simmering water on the stove.
- Heat one tablespoon of the coconut oil in a large pan and brown the pork tenderloin on all sides. Remove pork from the pan and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pork to a roasting tray and place in the oven for 10 minutes to cook through. Remove and allow to rest.
- In the meantime, heat the remaining coconut oil in the same pan used for the pork and cook the leeks and garlic over moderate heat until softened. Add a dash of chicken broth to keep the mixture moist. Stir in the coconut cream and basil until warmed through.
- Drain the warm noodles and place in a bowl. Spoon over the leek sauce. Slice the pork and place on top of the sauce.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 5 g
- Calories: 231
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 16 g
- Carbohydrates: 6 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 16