Pork Chops and Pasta

by Lana Stuart on February 18, 2011 · 19 comments

Pork Chops and Pasta

I have a very quick, easy recipe for you today. This is one of my Southern and Italian combination recipes and it makes a fantastic dinner for either weeknights or weekends. You can come home, drop your coat and purse at the door, and literally have dinner on the table in 30 minutes with this recipe. That’s because I use a purchased marinara sauce in it. Now, if you want to make your own, please go right ahead. I very often do. But some of the jarred brands in the grocery store these days are really very good. I’ve tried lots of different ones but I do tend to prefer a plain marinara especially for this dish. Then I can jazz it up any way I want. I usually add some red pepper flakes, maybe some Parmesan cheese, maybe a glug or two of wine. Do whatever you like!

This makes four servings for regular eaters, or serves two really hungry folks :-) Offer some hot garlic bread, a salad and a glass of wine with it and enjoy!

4 pork chops
salt
pepper
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup olive oil
3 cups (24 oz.) marinara sauce (homemade or purchased)
½ tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
½ lb. spaghetti
Parmesan cheese

Pork Chops & Pasta

Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops. Sprinkle the flour over the chops to lightly coat them. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large deep skillet.

Pork Chops & Pasta

Add the chops and cook until nicely browned on both sides. Work in batches if necessary to prevent crowding the pan.

Pork Chops & Pasta

Place the browned chops back into the skillet and pour over the marinara sauce. Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the chops are done all the way through (about 20 minutes).

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.

Pork Chops & Pasta

When the spaghetti is done, remove the chops to a plate and cover with foil. Add the red pepper flakes, if using, to the marinara sauce.

Pork Chops & Pasta

Drain the spaghetti and add it to the sauce. Toss to coat the spaghetti with the sauce. Add a small amount of the pasta cooking water if the marinara sauce is too thick.

Serve chops alongside spaghetti. Top with grated parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Pork Chops and Pasta

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Pork Chops and Pasta

Delicious pork chops simmered in marinara sauce and served over pasta. Great family meal!

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • salt
  • pepper
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 cups (24 oz.) marinara sauce
  • (homemade or purchased)
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes, optional
  • ½ lb. spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops.
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the chops to lightly coat them.
  3. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large deep skillet.
  4. Add the chops and cook until nicely browned on both sides. Work in batches if necessary to prevent crowding the pan.
  5. Place the browned chops back into the skillet and pour over the marinara sauce.
  6. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the chops are done all the way through (about 20
  7. minutes).
  8. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to
  9. the package directions.
  10. When the spaghetti is done, remove the chops to a plate and cover with foil.
  11. Add the red pepper flakes, if using, to the marinara sauce.
  12. Drain the spaghetti and add it to the sauce. Toss to coat the spaghetti with the sauce. Add a small amount of the pasta cooking water if the marinara sauce is too thick.
  13. Serve chops alongside spaghetti.
  14. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happier Than A Pig in Mud February 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

This looks really good! …as I’m sitting here eating popcorn for dinner… shame on me. Happy Weekend:@)

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2 Lana February 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hey – sometimes popcorn is just what you want! Enjoy your weekend :-)

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3 Mama Kelly aka Jia February 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Why have I never combined pork chops and pasta before?!?! This looks wonderful and certainly fits the bill for a fast family meal.

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4 Lana February 18, 2011 at 8:26 pm

You should try the pork chops and pasta. It turned out very, very good. We both loved it!

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5 DessertForTwo February 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Gorgeous!
I love this combination!

Great photo too :)

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6 claudia lamascolo/aka pegasuslegend February 19, 2011 at 8:21 am

We would love this dinner, sounds easy, the pictures is mouth watering! Lovely dish!

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7 Lana February 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

Thanks, Claudia! I know it’s not “authentic” Italian, but it sure is good anyway :-)

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8 johnnyC January 16, 2013 at 3:16 am

What would make it authentic. My Italian mom used to always make pasta with pork and i forgot how it tasted so good. Great recipe. You need to have a good marinara recipe though, I agree the canned stuff has gotten better but no thanks. Ha Ha.

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9 Teri February 19, 2011 at 8:49 am

Was wondering what to have this Sunday and your recipe made up my mind.
Pork and pasta. Perfect…. and easy!
Thanks.

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10 Lana February 19, 2011 at 10:30 am

Let me know how you like it, Teri!

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11 Diane July 18, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I am making this tonight! I googled food network and yours loooks better than any of theirs. All I had available was boneless pork chops and pasta and Spaghetti sauce. It’s gonna be awesome. I’ll add some fresh Basil or Thyme and lots of other spices. Thank you!!!!!

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12 Desirae August 15, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I am a busy college student who was looking for a new and easy way to make some porkchops I had in the freezer and made this recipe tonight. SO good! Thank you for the recipe, I’ve never had pork chops with red sauce but it is now something I will continue to make! :)

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13 Jamisha December 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

This was fast and easy! Taste great too! THANK YOU!

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14 Wendy April 14, 2013 at 1:36 am

I was going to make this tonight and got the chops all browned and then decided I didn’t want to dirty another pan to cook pasta. :-( But, I still plan to do it sometime soon. Thanks for the great idea!

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15 Deborah June 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Trying this tonight, we usually put country rib or cut up pork chops when our gravy/sauce for extra flavor for pasta sauce but not as a whole meal. I added in chopped garlic weith red pepperflakes and italian spice.

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16 George September 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

This recipe was amazing, just one modification, remove the excess oil from the pan before adding the sauce.

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17 Grace Dodge May 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

hi! This recipe looks good. & I plan to try it out tonight. Is it okay if I take a screenshot of the recipe and instructions so that I may keep in my phone under my recipe folder for further use?

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18 Lana Stuart May 5, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Sure, you can make a copy for your personal use. Please don’t post the photo or recipe anywhere online without permission. Thanks!

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