Italian-seasoned slow cooker pork chops are cooked in a rich, thick tomato sauce for a delicious, easy dinner – great for date night!
Happy mid-week, friends! How are you doing? Are you in the midst of your holiday shopping or are you ahead of the game and already done? Bravo to you if so!
I’ve done a lot of online ordering… and I’m hoping to get a few things wrapped soon so we have some actual presents underneath the tree. I also just got my holiday cards so I’m trying to find time to address all of those and get them out. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with Christmas cards – love getting them, kinda dread the sending out part of them 😕
Like I mentioned with my cranberry balsamic pork chops, I’ve been on a pork kick recently here on the blog.
Hope you don’t mind!
Today’s recipe is for saucy Italian slow cooker pork chops. And can we talk about this sauce?
It’s as easy to throw together as simply putting everything in the slow cooker on top of the seared pork chops. That’s all you have to do but oh wow, it comes out SO rich and thick.
The slow cooker does all the work to reduce the sauce until it’s got really deep flavor. You’ll be saying “Mamma Mia!” (👈 My Italian is rather limited 😉)
You’ll also be eating it with a spoon. Or at least, I do. Seriously delicious folks.
And it perfectly coats the pork chops. Between using bone-in chops and giving them a very quick sear to form a crust and lock in the flavor, you’ll be amazed at how much flavor these have. Light years beyond your standard pork chop.
Serve this deliciousness up on top of some pasta and you are in for an amazing meal that was so simple to prepare. (I especially like having this for a nice little date night!)
A few notes on these saucy Italian slow cooker pork chops:
- I highly recommend taking the few minutes to sear the pork chops in the pan before you put them in the slow cooker. It really helps lock in the flavor and moisture so the pork doesn’t dry out. And it takes just a few minutes!
- I also recommend cooking this in the slow cooker on low, instead of high. I’ve made in both ways and found it was much more flavorful when cooked on low.
- You can skip using the bell pepper if you want. I’ve made it without and it was just as good.
- I serve the pork chops whole, but you can also remove the meat from the bone and stir it back into the sauce in the slow cooker. If you go this route, you may want to double the sauce so you’ve got enough to keep it good and saucy!
- I usually make this just for my husband and I, but I still use the full amount of sauce in the recipe below for just 2 pork chops. I like mine extra saucy!
- We like to serve these over whole wheat spaghetti or fettuccine noodles, with a side salad or steamed veggie.
Whether for date night or just any day you need a slow cooker to do your hard work, I hope you give these saucy slow cooker pork chops a try!
Saucy Italian slow cooker pork chops
Italian-seasoned slow cooker pork chops are cooked in a rich, thick tomato sauce for a delicious dinner - great for date night!
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 bone-in pork chops 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt divided
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper divided
- 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes undrained
- 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 1 small green bell pepper seeded and chopped
- 1/2 small onion chopped (1/2-2/3 cup)
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- cooked spaghetti or fettuccine noodles, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped fresh parsley
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
Season pork chops with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Sear pork chops in skillet for 2-3 minutes per side, just to form a crust. Transfer pork chops to slow cooker.
Add remaining ingredients (including remaining salt and pepper) to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, until pork chops are tender and cooked through.
Serve over spaghetti or fettuccine noodles with sauce spooned on top, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, if desired.
I highly recommend taking the few minutes to sear the pork chops in the pan before you put the in the slow cooker. It really helps lock in the flavor and moisture so the pork doesn’t dry out.
I serve the pork chops whole, but you can also remove the meat from the bone and stir it back into the sauce in the slow cooker. If you go this route, you may want to double the sauce so you’ve got enough to keep it good and saucy!