I love to cook and trying new recipes. This week I tried a new one from Good Housekeeping. It is a keeper! The pork chops with the sauce are really tasty. You could actually just make that part and serve them with potatoes and a green veggie. The changes that I made were the addition of extra pork and I cooked the entire 16oz package of the orzo opposed to the 8oz called for. I have a daughter that likes to take leftovers for lunch and a hubby that likes them as well. Cooking the extra did allow for leftovers. Had I not done that, they would have been lunching on sandwiches.
Servings: 4 main dish servings
- 8 oz. orzo pasta
- 4 boneless pork loin chops (1 inch thick)
- 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
- 3 tsp. olive oil
- 1 package of 5-6 oz. of fresh baby spinach
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 2 cloves garlic ( I always have a jar on hand)
- 1/4 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 2 Tbsp. capers, drained and chopped
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
My local store did not have flat leaf parsley available so I just used curled. I also just used bottled lemon juice. Still yummy!!!
- Heat covered 4-qt saucepan of salted water to boiling on high. Cook orzo according to directions.
- Salt and pepper pork chops according to taste. Dust lightly with flour on each side.
- Heat 2 tsp. of oil in a skillet on medium-high until hot. Cook pork 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through….145 degrees. Transfer the pork to a plate.
- When orzo has finished cooking, stir in the spinach into the boiling water very briefly to lightly cook. Drain the orzo and spinach immediately. Transfer to a bowl. Toss with 1/8 tsp. of pepper and remaining 1 tsp. of oil. I added a dash of salt as well. Stir to combine.
- While the orzo cooks, I sliced the cooked chops.
- To the chops skillet, add the wine and garlic. Simmer 2 minutes or until slightly reduced, scraping up browned bits. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley, capers and lemon juice. Return sliced pork to the mixture to combine and slightly reheat.
- Serve the pork on top of the orzo and spinach mixture.
- I served with crusty French bread.
My family really enjoyed this meal. I loved the fact that it is a 1 dish meal! I hope you enjoy!
Source: Good Housekeeping
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