Pork Chops with White Beans & Spinach or Escarole
Do you love white beans as much as we do? White beans are an easy and economical side dish to serve with just about any cooked protein.
White beans are delicious and filled with nutrients and plenty of healthy fiber, but the best part is they are easy on the food budget!
We often add beans and greens to our meals to simplify dinner and get a nutritious meal on the table quickly. Squeeze some lemon or add extra garlic, there are many options to jazz up your side beans!
Easy dinner of pork chops cooked with white beans and greens
- 1-1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 1 small white onion chopped fine
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 4 bone-in pork chops
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 15- oz. can cannellini beans rinsed and drained
- 1 dried oregano
- 5 cups fresh spinach or escarole roughly chopped
Add olive oil, onion, and garlic to a large, high-sided skillet set over medium heat. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion and garlic softens and develops some color, approximately 3-4 minutes.
Season pork chops with sea salt and black pepper, to taste, and add to the skillet. Brown the chops on each side until they release easily from the skillet, approximately 4-5 minutes per side.
Add chicken broth, cannellini beans, and oregano to skillet. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until internal temperature is just over 140°F with an instant read thermometer. Remove from heat, cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
While the chops rest, add the chopped escarole to the skillet and stir to combine. Sauté until just wilted, stirring frequently, approximately 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and serve immediately with the pork chops. Enjoy!
Tip: The greens in this recipe may be substituted with chopped kale, Swiss chard, or spinach. Add a squeeze of lemon to the greens and plenty of freshly chopped garlic.
If stored in a cool dry place, canned beans can last anywhere from 2 to 5 years so keep a few cans in your pantry at all times to add as side dishes to family meals.
As always, cook meat to temperature, not by time. Final cooking time will depend on a number of factors, including the size and thickness of the cut of meat and the starting internal temperature. The safe cooking temperature of pork is 145°F degrees. To avoid overcooking, remove from heat once temperature passes 140°F. The temperature will continue to rise several degrees while the meat rests.
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