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Italian Smothered Pork Chops

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


  • 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


  • Preheat broiler. Trim 1/2 in. off ends of broccoli rabe; discard any coarse leaves.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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