This is a very hearty and rich casserole that will fill any hungry tummy. Usually this type of meal is high in calories, but you will be pleasantly surprised with the calorie count and the fat portion.
Cooking this meal in the slow cooker melds all the favors wonderfully together. It works best in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker. The long slow cooking brings out flavor much better than just cooking in the oven for about an hour.
One serving, which includes 1 pork chop and ¾ cup vegetables will be about 415 calories, 9 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, and 0 grams trans-fat.
- 6 (1/4 pound each) boneless pork loin chops.
- 2 onions
- 3 garlic cloves
- 4 small carrots
- 3 (15 ounce) cans of cannellini beans
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 cup sodium-reduced chicken broth
- ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper
- 1 Tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon celery seeds
- 2 teaspoons thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup bread crumbs (homemade or store bought)
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- Green bell pepper
- Sear pork chops. How to sear pork chops: Spray large skillet with a cooking spray and heat to medium-high heat. Add pork chops and brown on both sides. Remove pork chops onto plate.
- Rinse and drain the beans before adding in the slow cooker.
- Cut carrots in thin slices.
- Cut bell pepper into bite size pieces.
- Thinly slice onions.
- Finely mince garlic.
- Grate cheese if it is fresh.
- Chop parsley.
- Add carrots, green bell pepper, and onions in the skillet that the pork chops were cooked. Cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Add garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.
- Mix together bread crumbs, parsley, and cheese.
Stir together in the slow cooker beans, tomato sauce, broth, salt and pepper in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker.
Place pork chops on top of bean mixture.
Add the carrot, bell pepper, and onion mixture on top of the pork chops.
Cover and cook for 8-10 hours on low.
Remove lid and apply bread mixture.
Cover and cook for 45 more minutes.
Turnips or parsnips can be substituted for the carrots.
Brown or pork gravy can be substituted for the tomato sauce