Italian Smothered Pork Chops Recipe
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Italian Smothered Pork Chops Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Smothered Broccoli Chops in Simple & Delicious August/September 2016

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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