Puttanesca Pork Chops


This flavorful pork chop dinner recipe is proof that bold Neapolitan puttanesca sauce can liven up more than just spaghetti. Unlike brined olives like Kalamatas, oil-cured olives have a meatier bite because they're coated in salt then macerated in oil. Look for them on olive bars or with other Italian products. Serve with sautéed broccoli rabe and whole-wheat orzo.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 4 boneless pork loin chops, about 3/4 inch thick (1-1 1/4 pounds)

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper, divided

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 anchovy fillets, minced, or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

  • ¼ cup pitted oil-cured olives

  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed

  • ¼ cup dry white wine


  1. Sprinkle pork with 1/4 teaspoon pepper and salt. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add the pork. Cook, turning once, until browned and an instant-read thermometer registers 140 degrees F, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.

  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, garlic and anchovies (or anchovy paste) to the pan. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, olives, capers and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add wine and crush the tomatoes with a potato masher or spoon. Simmer until the sauce is thickened, 2 to 4 minutes. Return the pork and any juices to the pan, turning to coat with the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
16g Fat
6g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 pork chop & 1/2 cup sauce
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 20g 40%
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Vitamin A 625IU 13%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Folate 12mcg 3%
Sodium 456mg 20%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 29mg 7%
Potassium 447mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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