Tuscan Styled Pork Chops

_MG_0551 copyI first used this scrumptious recipe about two years ago when browsing pinterest for italian inspired dishes. I was getting tired of the same ol’ meals and ready to try something a little more “fancy”. That’s when I stumbled on the blog, Sweet C’s Designs, and found a recipe for One pan Tuscan Pork chops. It was quite delicious!

The savory aromatics of the herbs and pork chops filled my kitchen and gave me a sense of being in Italy, when really, I am forever stuck in Eastern Kentucky. It’s nice being able to close my eyes while biting into the pork chops smothered in the chunky tomato sauce and to imagine I am miles and miles away. I like to visualize myself beaming over the silvery olive groves, fields of sunflowers, and the vineyards that stretch for miles.

I’ve made some minor tweaks of my own in this recipe and served it with some Italian Seasoned Potato Wedges. This recipe is quick, delicious, and (my favorite) simple! Best of all, you probably already have everything needed for this dish, on hand. No special trips to the grocery store. It is sure to impress guests. You could even convince them you spent hours preparing it, when really it only took roughly 30 minutes (it’s ok, I won’t judge 😉 ).

Tuscan Styled Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 pork chops_MG_0512 copy
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1½ cups fresh tomatoes, diced (include liquid if cutting tomatoes produces a lot of liquid)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp rosemary
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat a large (I used a cast iron), heavy pan on high until warm.
  2. Add oil and heat until shimmery (but NOT burning/smoking) about 20 seconds.
  3. Brown pork chops on each side, about 1 minute each.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low, add onions.
  5. Stir onions and flip pork chops after 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Add tomatoes, roasted peppers, garlic and spices.
  7. Simmer until tomatoes are soft and sauce has set up- about 5-8 minutes.
  8. Serve with Italian Seasoned Potato wedges, grab a glass of your favorite wine (or favorite drink) and dig in!_MG_0525 copy

I hope you enjoyed my slightly different version of the Tuscan Pork chops! I know I did! If you tried this recipe, remember to let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear all about it.

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