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    Creamy Pork with Porcini and Butternut Squash

    This wonderfully rich dish is great for entertaining, as it requires little preparation and no last-minute touches. You can double up the quantities if you're feeding more than four. Serve with rice and baby spinach, dressed with olive oil, lemon and sea salt.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus 15 minutes soaking
    • Cooking time: 50 minutes-1 hour
    • Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, including soaking 60 minutes 30 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 25g Waitrose Cooks' Ingredients Porcini Mushrooms
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 400g Waitrose Hampshire Breed Pork Fillet, cut into large cubes
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 250g chestnut mushrooms, halved or quartered
    • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cubed
    • ½ x 10g pack sage, torn
    • 284ml pot double cream
    • 125ml dry white wine
    • 1-2 tsp Dijon mustard


    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Pour about 175ml boiling water onto the porcini mushrooms and soak for about 15 minutes.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pan and cook the pork for 6-8 minutes until lightly browned on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a large ovenproof dish with a lid.
    3. Drain the porcini mushrooms, reserving the water, and add to the pan. Add the remaining oil to the pan, then the garlic and chestnut mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until the mushrooms begin to soften. Stir in the squash and half the sage. Continue to cook until the squash begins to colour and soften.
    4. Pour in the cream, wine and mustard, plus 125ml of the reserved mushroom liquid. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes, then pour over the pork. Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes until the pork is thoroughly cooked, so there is no pink meat and the juices run clear. Stir halfway through and, if necessary, add a little more of the mushroom liquid or some water. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, sprinkle with the remaining sage, then serve.

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    Cook's tips

    Using porcini mushrooms gives this dish a more intense flavour, but you could use cultivated mushrooms or mixed wild fresh mushrooms if available. You could also use chunky courgettes or pumpkin instead of the squash.


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