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Italian Smothered Pork Chops

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

My brother and I come from an Italian family, and we designed these pork chops to include Italian staples like fresh mozzarella, sweet red peppers and broccoli rabe. —Shana Lewis, Totowa, New Jersey
Italian Smothered Pork Chops Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 pound broccoli rabe
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (3/4 inch thick and 6 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced roasted sweet red pepper
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced


  1. Preheat broiler. Trim 1/2 in. off ends of broccoli rabe; discard any coarse leaves.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Add broccoli rabe; cook, uncovered, 4-5 minutes or just until crisp-tender. Remove and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat dry.
  3. Sprinkle pork chops with seasonings. In a broiler-safe skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add pork chops; cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Remove from heat.
  4. Layer chops with red pepper, broccoli rabe and cheese. Broil 4 in. from heat 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 365 calories, 20g fat (8g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 808mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 40g protein.

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