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Smothered Italian Pork Chops

This isn’t my normal comfort food cuisine.  The weather is getting slightly warmer, so I thought I’d lighten it up a bit this week with this one!  Don’t let the “smothered” part fool you.  The lean pork chops are topped with fresh veggies and stewed tomatoes.  No heavy cream here….though it’s not a bad idea. At all..

The Starting Linup

  • 2 lbs pork chops, bone in OR boneless
  • 1 box Orzo pasta
  • 2 cans Italian Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 yellow squash, thickly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, thickly sliced
  • 1 pckg mushrooms
  • 1/2 red onion, thickly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt & pepper 

Start this easy meal by rinsing and chopping your vegetables.  These make for some pretty colors together!  I choose to thickly slice them, as they hold up better after being cooked in the crockpot for hours.  If they’re too thin they’ll almost just disappear and have absolutely no texture.

Layer about 3/4th’s of these veggies down into your crockpot coated in nonstick spray.

Generously salt & pepper your pork chops and place onto the veggies.  Top the chops with the rest of the vegetables and pour in the two cans of stewed tomatoes.  If needed, also add in 1 cup of water or chicken stock.

Cover and set to high for 4-6 hours and let that genius device do everything for you!  Here is where I finish picking up the millions of Hot Wheels cars and toy monster trucks from under my feet and head off to t-ball practice, because this is a glorious crockpot meal!

When time is up, cook your orzo according to package directions. *Though orzo looks like rice, it is actually a pasta!  You can find it right where the good ol spaghetti noodles are 🙂

Spoon a cup of orzo pasta into a bowl and smother with the tender pork chops and tomato veggie mix.  I like to shred some parmesan cheese over top for a bit of extra saltiness.  Here’s an easy & healthy meal that will not leave you filling hungry!

 

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