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Pesto-Stuffed Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions Recipe
  • READY IN 32 mins

Pesto-Stuffed Pork Chops with Caramelized Onions

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"Stuffed with robust pesto flavor, these moist and tender pork chops are a delicious solution for easy weeknight dinners."

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Original recipe makes 2 pork chops Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut each pork chop horizontally three-fourths of the way through the meat creating a pocket, being careful to not cut all the way through. Rub pork chops with cumin, paprika and salt. Fill each pork chop with 1 tablespoon pesto; secure with wooden picks.
  3. Heat oil in medium, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Add pork chops; cook for 1 minute on each side until brown. Place skillet in oven.
  4. Bake pork chops and onion for 15 to 20 minutes or until pork is cooked through. Remove wooden picks; top with remaining 3 tablespoons pesto.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 22 mins
  • READY IN 32 mins

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 29, 2008

Oooo such a tasty meal...I made the pesto fresh however with a recipe off of this site. Also works great with thin boneless porkchops. You dont have to cut them in the middle just fold it over the pesto like a roll up. Went really well with a simple side dish of rice and steamed veggies.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 06, 2009

Fair recipe! Please make fresh pesto! The store bought stuff is NOT good- lacks the flavor and has way too much salt! Pesto is fast and easy to prepare and will make this fair recipe a star.


30 Ratings

Jan 06, 2009

This was a big hit at dinner. My husband and I really enjoyed it. Firstly I doubled the recipe for 4 boneless pork chops. I stuffed the chops with pesto and applied the rub about 2 hours prior to browning/baking. This may have added marinated flavor inside and out. I used a large cast-iron pan to cook the onions and then hot-seared the stuffed boneless chops for 1 min/side. I did find when putting the pan into the oven that it smoked up--I just added 1/2 cup of water. The water made a nice little sauce to go w/ the onions and pork chops. 20 minutes is all it took to bake. I chose not to add the extra pesto over the top at the end. Watch out for the toothpick when serving. Some recipe I read suggested using raw spaghetti to secure pockets. Maybe worth a try. This is company quality!

Nov 05, 2009

I was expecting the flavors in this recipe to be "good" and I was really pleasantly surprised at how "great" they are. I used all ingredients as written, except I tripled them and stuffed and rolled 2 tenderloins instead of using chops because that's what I had. The cumin and paprika are a great touch and the onions were delicious. Super-easy, few ingredients. I would definitely make this again, using either chops or tenderloin. Thanks for the recipe!

Oct 09, 2008

Good recipe. I made my own fresh basil pesto. The only issue was that it took 30 minutes to cook the pork, not the 15-20 the recipe said it would. The pork turned out tender and tasty. It was also easy to put together (not counting the making of my own pesto, but if you buy it from the store, it is a quick and easy meal) I may use less oil next time, as it seemed too much.

Dec 29, 2008

Great recipe and very easy. I transfered the chops to a baking dish and, therefore, had to bake them just a few minutes longer. Made these for a small dinner party & everyone loved them.

Oct 09, 2009

Quick, easy and pretty darn delicious - tastes like you spent a long time on it! I cooked it all in a skillet on the stove top. Would work well with chicken too. Thanks!

Jul 13, 2009

Very yummy and very easy


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  • Calories
  • 434 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 122 mg
  • 41%
  • Fat
  • 24.7 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 41.5 g
  • 83%
  • Sodium
  • 666 mg
  • 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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