Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Dijon Pan Sauce
with pureed butternut squash soup
Our juicy pan-seared pork chops with a simple Dijon pan sauce will make you feel like you ordered this right from a restaurant. Start the meal with our creamy pureed butternut squash as the perfect way to start off a fall meal.
- Pork chops - 1 1/2 lbs
- Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Stock, chicken - 1/2 cup
- Bragg's / coconut aminos - 2 tsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Grass-fed butter - 2 Tbsp
- Onions - 1 , chopped
- Apples, any type - 1, peeled and chopped
- Thyme, fresh leaves - 1 Tbsp
- Butternut squash - 3 lbs, chopped
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Maple syrup - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Stock, chicken - 4 cups
- Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then onions, apples, thyme and maple syrup to heated oil. Saute for ~5 minutes.
- Add butternut squash and cover with broth / stock or water. Cover and bring to a boil. Simmer covered until butternut squash is tender, 8 to 12 minutes.
- While soup is cooking, heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and then place pork chops on heated oil. Sear on each side for ~3 minutes. For thin pork chops, this should be enough heat to cook them through. If you’re using thicker pork chops, lower heat and cover with a piece of foil until pork reaches 145F / 63C degrees. When done, remove pork from pan and let rest for ~5 minutes before slicing.
- Return pan to medium heat and add stock, scraping up any brown bits that may have formed. Add aminos and Dijon and simmer for ~3 minutes. Finish with butter and take off heat.
- Once soup is done, puree butternut squash soup with an immersion blender (or puree in batches in a blender). Taste and then season with salt, pepper, and brown sugar as needed - remember soups are mostly water so they need some additional seasoning!.
- Enjoy pork chops with pan sauce and soup.
I'm not sure I made the bechamel sauce correctly; it was watery. The whole thing took a long time. My husband said the butternut squash soup needed sour cream, sage, garlic and shallots. Personally, I found it a light and healthy version! But need to be sure to puree thoroughly.0 Helpful
It took me a while, but it was very delicious!0 Helpful
Excellent as always.0 Helpful
It was ok but the bechamel was extra calories without really being worth it.0 Helpful
Soup needed more flavor, but the sandwich was delicious.0 Helpful