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Creating A Christmas Meal…


As a Sam’s Club blogger, I was given the opportunity to take part in creating the perfect Christmas meal. Each blogger was assigned different parts of the meal. I was given two of my favorite foods… meat & bread 🙂

As soon as I spotted the Carbonara Pork Loin I knew that would be my choice. To compliment the pork I created a carbonara sauce and served it with Sam’s Club Artisan Garlic Bread.


First thing you wanna do is cook the pork. Remove the pork from the wrapper and cook according to package directions. I cooked mine covered at 350 degrees for 90 minutes. Be sure to save every last ounce of marinade that’s in the package. That will be used for the carbonara sauce.

Remove the foil for the last ten minutes of cooking to let the pork brown. Once pork is cooked, remove from the oven, cover with foil, and let rest for 15-20 minutes.

For the sauce, you want to pour the left over marinade and the drippings from the pork into a small sauce pan. Whisk together 1 cup of milk and 2 tablespoons flour until smooth. Pour the milk into the sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Add 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, continue to stir until cheese is dissolved. Sauce will slowly thicken. Add salt and pepper to taste.

While the pork is resting, heat your garlic bread. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, place bread on a cookie sheet, and cook for 20 minutes.


I’m going to go out on a limb and say this was the best pre-marinated pork loin I’ve ever had. Carbonara is my favorite and the flavor comes through with every bite!

To complete your Christmas meal, check out the dishes created by other Sam’s Blogger’s.

Appetizers – The Hungry Mouse

Side Dishes – This Mama Cooks

Dessert – Culinary Concoctions by Peabody

I’ll be participating in a holiday meal discussion on Sam’s Club’s Facebook page. If you’d like to tune in, here’s the link:

Disclosure: While I have been compensated for this post, all opinions & thoughts are 100% mine 🙂

6 Responses

  1. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on December 13, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Perfect meal! I love this series you are doing with Sam’s. It is very smart for them to do this kind of thing! The pork look perfectly cooked!

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on December 13, 2010 at 8:01 am

    this is a great take on a traditional meal…yum 🙂

  3. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on December 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I’m not usually a pork fan, but this looks really good. I think it’s the sauce that sold me.

  4. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said on December 13, 2010 at 8:34 am

    What a yummy meal! I love crusty bread with anything… you made the whole meal comforting looking Estela.

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet said on December 13, 2010 at 9:06 am

    That looks so delicious. My husband would love it!

  6. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said on December 14, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Wow this looks great! I love carbonara but haven’t had it in maybe a year (too long to go without it!). I never had carbonara sauce without pasta but I’m not going to say no to this dish 😉