How to Make Pork Chops

According to the National Pork Board of Des Moines, Iowa, America's favorite cut of pork today is the pork chop, so you could (almost) say that knowing how to make pork chops is your civic duty! Chops can come from different areas of the pig, which is why there are varieties such as rib chops, sirloin chops and blade chops. Boneless top loin chops with a thickness of 1 1/4 inches are sometimes also known as "America's Cut" -- another testament to their popularity in the U.S.A. Pork chops can be grilled, baked, braised or fried to great effect, but because the meat is so lean, it's important not to overcook them. Using a meat thermometer can help. The USDA recommends pork chops be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, then allow them to rest for 3 minutes (the temperature will rise as the chops stand). Ground pork should be cooked to 160 degrees F. Learning how to make pork chops doesn't have to take much more effort than baking a frozen pizza. This version takes just 15 minutes of prep time; the oven does the rest of the work.
Hey, everyone, I'm Judith with Recipe.com. Today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make Super Easy Baked Pork Chops, a really quick and easy way to enjoy your pork. So what you're gonna need is six pork chops, about three-quarter-inch thick, about two pounds in total. We have one jar of mushroom Italian sauce, and we have about six cups of cooked spaghetti which we've drained right here. Now, I have a 3-quart baking dish in front of me. I've preheated my oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so what we're gonna do, first of all, is we're just gonna layer our pork chops into our baking dish, and this will take no time at all. A few minutes. Layer them as best you can...in your dish. And we are just gonna put them straight in the oven, bake them for 20 minutes. So it's been 20 minutes. We've taken our pork chops out of the oven, and now it's time to pour on our mushroom Italian sauce, and this is gonna allow the pork chops to get nice and moist, and beautifully tender as it cooks. So let's pour all of that on. Spread it all over... and we can put that back in the oven now for another 15 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. So it's been 15 minutes. We've taken our pork chops out of the oven. They look and smell fantastic, so we're just gonna serve one up now, with that nice mushroom Italian flavoring. We've got a bed of spaghetti right here, and that's it. Doesn't that look beautiful? It was quick, it was easy, and it tastes delicious. That's how you make Super Easy Baked Pork Chops.

What You'll Need

  • 6   pork chops, 3/4-inch thick (about 2 pounds)

  • 1  24  ounce jar Prego® Fresh Mushroom Italian Sauce

  • 6   cups medium tube-shaped pasta (ziti) or spaghetti, cooked and drained


Step By Step

1
Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the chops in a 3-quart shallow baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
2
Pour the sauce over the chops. Bake for 15 minutes or until chops are cooked through. Stir the sauce before serving. Serve with the pasta.


When you know how to make pork chops--especially with a recipe this fast and easy--there's no excuse for relying on chicken nuggets and fish sticks for dinner.
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