Pork Chops with Balsamic Strawberry Salad and Pine Nut Orzo

Transition from summer to fall with pork chops topped with a strawberry-spinach salad and a cinnamon-nutmeg orzo alongside.


  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pint strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves, sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling
  • 4 slices prosciutto, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
  • 4 1-inch-thick pork chops
  • Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain.

In a saucepan, boil the balsamic vinegar until reduced to 2-3 tablespoons, 5 minutes. In a bowl, toss the strawberries, basil and spinach with the balsamic glaze.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add the prosciutto strips and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Add another drizzle of EVOO to the skillet. Season the chops with salt and pepper and cook, turning once, until cooked through, 8 minutes.

In another large skillet, cook the butter over medium heat until brown, about 3 minutes. Add the pasta, cinnamon and nutmeg and toss; season with salt. Stir in the nuts.

Spoon the salad over the chops and top the orzo with the prosciutto.

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