Easy Italian Pork Chops Recipe

These Italian Pork Chops, simmered in a rich tomato basil sauce, are the perfect easy one pot dinner. The chops come out moist & tender and, best part of all, prep for 15 and let simmer, hands-off, for 30 minutes! It makes a great weeknight dinner served over pasta or zoodles so you can soak up all that delicious sauce!

Pork Chops plated on zoodles on white plate with basil garnish.

I love pork chops just about any way they can be fixed but my Mom used to fix us these Italian pork chops that just can’t be beat. They are so easy to make that you can whip them up in about 45 minutes (and most of that is just sitting on the stove simmering). And the nice part is that if you leave it on a little longer because you got busy something else and forgot, I am not mentioning any names, it will be just as good or even better!

Pork Chops in skillet simmering in marinara.

7 Ingredients To A Delicious Dinner

It’s such an easy recipe that you’ll wonder whey you never made it before. Only 7 ingredients that go together so well. Plus, the only cooking you need to do is brown the pork chops and saute the onions and garlic then let it simmer away until you’re ready to eat. See, simple, right? Not only does this recipe take only 15 minutes of prep but there is only 1 skillet to clean up afterwards. That’s what I call a win-win. Serve these Italian Pork Chops, as I do, over zoodles, for a nice low carb, high protein dinner. Or course, they go just as deliciously with everyone’s favorite pasta. And don’t forget that glass of wine! 🙂

A bite of tender, moist pork chops over serving.

 

FAQs

Do I need to use boneless pork chops?

Not at all! You can use either bone-in or boneless. If using bone-in, cook them slightly longer. In fact, you’ll probably find the bone-in ones comes out slightly more tender.

How thick of a pork chop should I purchase?

I like to get chops that are between 3/4″ to 1″ thick. If you have less thick ones, adjust the cooking time downward.

What else can I serve with this recipe?

I’ve served this dish over pasta and rice or riced cauliflower or zoodles, which are great low carb options. To serve over zoodles, just remove pork chops from pan at the end of cooking and toss zucchini noodles into sauce just long enough to heat up. 

Tossing zoodles into pasta sauce.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Of course! I like to make mine the night before up to the simmering stage. I keep it in the refrigerator then return it to the skillet about 40 minutes before dinner and it marinate in the marinara.

Instructions

Steps 1-4 browning chops and saute onions.

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet and add pork chops.
  2. Give them a nice sear on both sides then remove from skillet. 
  3. Add chopped onion and garlic to the skillet and saute for about 5 minutes. You want the onion to be soft and translucent which helps bring out the sweet flavor.
  4. You see all those nice browned pork bits in the bottom of the pan? These help bring tons of flavor to the dish. Add wine and stir to deglaze (meaning scraping up all those flavorful bits)

Steps 5-6 adding marinara to simmer.

  1. Return pork chops to pan.
  2. Top with spaghetti sauce and fresh basil leaves. Cover and simmer.

Overhead of plated dinner on red checkered towel.

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Recipe

Easy Italian Pork Chops
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

An easy one pot dinner recipe that's sure to please. These Italian Pork chops, simmered in a rich tomato basil sauce, come out moist & tender & ready in 30! Serve over zoodles for a low carb option or everyone's favorite pasta to soak up all that delicious sauce.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: Easy Italian Pork Chops, Italian Pork Chops Skillet, One Skillet Pork Chops
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 377 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 4 large thick boneless pork chops
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2-3/4 cup onion chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 24 oz favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped + more for garnish
Directions
  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil until hot. 
  2. Add pork chops and brown quickly on both sides. Remove from skillet. 

  3. Add onion and garlic to skillet and saute for about 5 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent. 

  4. Add wine to pan and stir to deglaze (or get every last bit of that scrumptious browned pork bits off the bottom of the pan).

  5. Return pork chops to pan.

  6. Add spaghetti sauce and fresh basil leaves, cover and let cook for about 30 minutes.

  7. Serve immediately with a garnish of basil leaves.
Recipe Notes

Note: If serving over zoodles, remove pork chops from pan after they have finished cooking then toss the zucchini noodles into sauce just long enough to warm up. 

FAQs

Do I need to use boneless pork chops?

Not at all! You can use either bone-in or boneless. If using bone-in, cook them slightly longer. In fact, you'll probably find the bone-in ones comes out slightly more tender.

How thick of a pork chop should I purchase?

I like to get chops that are between 3/4" to 1" thick. If you have less thick ones, adjust the cooking time downward.

What else can I serve with this recipe?

I've served this dish over pasta and rice or riced cauliflower. You can add a toss salad or roasted vegetables to complete the meal.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Italian Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 377 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 958mg40%
Potassium 1122mg32%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 770IU15%
Vitamin C 14.1mg17%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post has been updated with new  photos and easier to follow instructions. It was first published on September 25, 2015.

 

Easy Italian Pork Chops Recipe

3 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    03/16/2020 at 11:57 am

    5 stars
    Oh, this looks fabulous! I’m excited to try it over zoodles – delish!

  • Reply
    Christina
    03/16/2020 at 11:31 am

    5 stars
    What a great quick, easy and healthy weeknight dinner! I love the flavors in this recipe.

    • Reply
      Linda Warren
      03/16/2020 at 3:10 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it! We had it again last night as I had all the fixins’ for it and didn’t want to brave the stores.

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