Kraft Recipe Makers: Pork Chops with Zucchini and Pasta

You know me. I’m rarely home, especially over the past few months. Vacations, conferences, events, weekends away, and now, the book tour.

I’m tired, you guys.

So despite food blogging and recipe development being my job, when it comes time for dinner, I’m just kind of done. Over it. Sorry family, I just don’t have anything left in me. And yet, dinner must be made.

On good dinner days, I will have worked several hours on perfecting a new garlic sauce, or a tomato-based sauce, or cheese sauce…and so I have something delicious at the ready to add to our dinner meat or pasta. But what about those days when all I made were 47 cupcakes? We still want something good for dinner.


In steps the new Kraft Recipe Makers. There are nine varieties (that’s 18 complementary sauces!), all boxed with two pretty incredible pairings that will turn your ho-hum dinner into one that really offers up a wow factor.

I’ll be honest, when I was first presented with the challenge of creating a dinner using one of these new Recipe Makers, I kind of had my doubts. Two sauces, one box. Mix and match at will, or use one of the three recipes included on the box. It just sounded so…simple. How good could it be?

Turns out, there’s nothing SIMPLE about these really well done sauces, and the results are nothing short of fantastic.

For my first go, I tried the Chicken Bruschetta Recipe Makers box. The picture on the box looked yummy – but I can’t just make Chicken Bruschetta from the box. There’s no challenge in that. So, I bought giant bone-in pork chops, some dried pasta, and pulled a large zucchini from the garden.

Very non-Chicken Bruschetta.

Result? They need to put this recipe on the box. It’s THAT good. Give it a try!


Garlic Grilled Pork with Cheesy Zucchini Marinara and Pasta

  • 1 pkg. (16.4 oz.) KRAFT RECIPE MAKERS Chicken Bruschetta Pasta
  • 4 pork chops (roughly 1.5 pounds)
  • 1 large zucchini, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 box favorite pasta (I used Penne), cooked
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • fresh rosemary, to garnish, if desired


  1. Preheat grill for cooking.
  2. Place pork chops in a zipper bag with one half of the Simmer Sauce and allow to rest while grill is heating.
  3. When grill is ready, place prepared pork on the grill and brush with remaining Simmer Sauce, flipping the meat once until it reaches an internal temperature of 140.
  4. Also place zucchini on the grill, skin side down. Brush the center with some of the Finishing Sauce, and cook the same length of time as the pork. Top with cheese.
  5. Stir in unused Finishing Sauce with the prepared pasta noodles. Serve with pork chops and zucchini. Top with fresh rosemary, if desired.

What could you do with these sauces for a weeknight dinner? Share your own recipe inspired by Kraft Recipe Makers’ sauces. I want to hear them!

Disclaimer: I was supplied product and compensation for my recipe development. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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