Savory Squash with Smoky Pork Chops

Savory Squash with Smoky Pork Chops

By Brian Higginson, RD, CD
Clinical Nutrition Specialist

So many of us have a problem with making pork chops that come out over done. Finally, we have a recipe that gives us juicy perfection every time – along with simplicity, robust flavor, and colorful presentation. Did we mention it’s also good for you? Serves 4.



  • 1½ pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into ½ inch slices
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons each rosemary and sage, chopped


  • 4 pork chops (bone in about 1¾ pounds; boneless 1¼ pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon total finely chopped fresh herbs (i.e. thyme, sage, rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Mix together paprika, black pepper, spices and herbs and rub onto pork chops evenly. Set aside.
  3. Place squash and herbs in a mixing bowl, spray liberally with cooking spray and toss until squash is well coated. Spread in a single layer onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for 8 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat. Add the coated chops, searing on each side until golden brown. Place pork chops on top of squash in the oven and bake another 12-15 minutes or until pork internal temperature is 150-155°F and squash is fork tender.

Per serving: 505 calories, 32g protein, 22g carbohydrate, 12g fat, 2g sat fat, 7g mono fat, 75mg cholesterol, 4g fiber, 72mg sodium

The Seasoned Cook Green beans make a great complement to this dish. Season and put them in the oven at the same time as the pork chops, so they finish together. Out of the oven, the chops will need to rest for 5 minutes to be their juicy and tender best.

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