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Braised Pork with Peppers and Onions

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  4 boneless pork loin chops, about 1-inch thick, trimmed

  2 tsp olive oil

  Salt and black pepper

  1 Tbs tomato paste

  2 small red bell peppers, or yellow bell peppers, quartered and cut into 1/4-inch slices

  1 small red or yellow onion, quartered and cut into 1/4-inch slices

  4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  1/2 cup dry red wine, (for non-alcoholic, substitute chicken or vegetable broth)

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Directions

In a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, warm oil. Sprinkle chops with salt and pepper and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove chops to a plate and set aside.

Add tomato paste to skillet and cook, stirring, for 15 seconds. Add bell peppers and onion to skillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.

Add wine and bring to a boil, scraping up and stirring in any browned bits in the skillet. Return chops to skillet, nestling them in the liquid, and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 4 minutes. Turn chops, cover, and cook until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. Serve pork with pepper and onion mixture spooned on top.

Serving Suggestions: On the side, try steamed broccolini, buttered noodles or orzo pasta, or roasted potatoes. And to vary the recipe, try using bone-in chops, or using white wine, chicken broth, or vegetable broth instead of red wine. You can also add herbs, like thyme or rosemary. And you can swap other vegetables for the peppers – try green and yellow zucchini, mixed mushrooms, or broccoli and cauliflower florets. Random Cooking Tip: For marinated pork chops, put pork in a self-sealing bag with marinade in the refrigerator first thing in the morning. By suppertime, pork chops can be removed from marinade -dispose of used marinade- and ready to grill.


Nutritional Information:

Calories 360

Calories from Fat 10

Saturated Fat 3g 

Cholesterol 110mg 

Sodium 320mg 

Total Carbohydrate 10g 

Dietary Fiber 2g 

Protein 45g