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Balsamic Pork with Gnocchi

Balsamic Pork with Gnocchi

This is a simple recipe that is packed full of flavor and can be planned for your busiest of days! IF you don't like gnocchi, this is also great over polenta, noodles, or mashed potatoes!
Course slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Lane from With Two Spoons

Ingredients

  • 2-2.5 pound pork loin trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef stock you can also use chicken stock or even just water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 packages shelf stable gnocchi
  • italian parsley chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Pour beef stock into a slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl combine garlic, sage, salt and pepper.
  3. Press spice/garlic mix into pork with your fingers.
  4. Place spice covered pork into the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 4-6 hours on low.
  6. In a small saucepan combine brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and corn starch.
  7. Bring sauce to a boil and boil until slightly thickened. Set aside.
  8. After pork has been fully cooked, drain and return to the slow cooker.
  9. Pull pork with 2 forks, it should fall apart easily.
  10. Combine pulled pork with 1/2-3/4 cup of balsamic sauce (save the rest).
  11. Cook on low for another 30 minutes while you make the gnocchi.
  12. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil.
  13. When water is boiling, add gnocchi and boil until gnocchi floats (approximately 2-4 minutes).
  14. Drain gnocchi.
  15. Serve pork over gnocchi, drizzled with extra balsamic sauce and garnished with chopped parsley.