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Slow-Cooked Tuscan Pork Chops

(3 Votes)
Updated May 18, 2018
EDR Slow Cooked Tuscan Pork Chops
SERVES
6
COOK TIME
8 Hr

Pork chops are always a family favorite, but when life gets hectic, it can be hard to find the time to make them. Well, now you can let the slow cooker do the work for you! You'll get your favorite flavors of Italy, right in your own kitchen. Our Slow-Cooked Tuscan Pork Chops are perfect for easy pork chop recipe for everyday life.

What You'll Need

  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 bone-in pork chops, cut 1/2-inch think (about 2-1/2 lbs.)
  • 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 4 ounces cooked orzo, kept warm

What to Do

  1. In a small bowl, combine Italian seasoning, garlic, salt and pepper.
  2. Place onion in a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker. Add half of the pork chops over onions. Sprinkle with half of the seasoning mixture. Repeat layering with remaining pork chops and seasoning mixture. Top with undrained tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Add zucchini pieces.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-9 hours, or on HIGH for 4-1/2 hours.
  4. Transfer meat and vegetables to a serving platter; cover and keep warm.
  5. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together cornstarch and cold water. Add in cooking juices from slow cooker. Cook and stir together until thickened and bubbly; cook and stir 2 more minutes. Serve over meat and vegetables, with orzo on the side.

Test Kitchen Tip

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 6

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 377
  • Calories from Fat 94
  • Total Fat 10g 16 %
  • Saturated Fat 2.0g 10 %
  • Trans Fat 0.1g 0 %
  • Protein 29g 57 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 75mg 25 %
  • Sodium 316mg 13 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 41g 14 %
  • Dietary Fiber 4.3g 17 %
  • Sugars 8.2g 0 %

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The wonderful thing about orzo (pasta) is that you can often substitute it for rice as a side dish or in soups. This is an authentic Italian dish. These pork chops are full of flavor! The zucchini makes the meal complete. Thank you Mr. Food Test Kitchen for another great recipe! Rachel

But looks delicious.

This is a wonderful comfort food recipe!

Loved it! The pork chops were so tender, they fell off the bone!

If the orzo is left out, this dish should not be such a high carb meal. I haven't prepared it yet but plan on making it for my husband who is a diabetic and strictly watches his carbs. To me the carbs come from the vegetables and are not starchy carbohydrates which is why I am considering it for my husband, with the orzo left out.

Hello! - You can see the nutrition breakdown in the link titled "Detailed Nutritional Information" in the Nutritional Information box. The majority of the carbs for this recipe do come from the orzo. We hope you and your husband are able to enjoy this meal!

I would not consider this diabetic friendly due to the high carb count. Low carb is essential to diabetic control. This sounds delicious but I will not try it because of the high carb count.

Hello! - We're sorry that this recipe does not meet your nutritional needs. We follow the American Diabetes Association's guidelines when we develop our diabetic-friendly recipes. According to the ADA a full meal should be under 60g of carbs. Of course, every person is different and should follow the recommendations provided by their doctor or a specialist. You may need fewer or more carbs per meal. We hope this helps! For more information, please visit http://www.diabetes.org/. Thank you for your comment!

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