Pork Parmesan with Homemade Marinara Sauce

Move over parmesan chicken, pork parmesan is the new favorite!

Breaded pork chops are browned on the stove and finished in the oven.

Each chop is smothered in melted cheese and

 homemade pasta sauce!


Pork Parmesan

Does anything seem more natural than running?  As I kid we ran everywhere, to school, to our friend’s house, to the park.  Then when we got to our destination, we ran some more.   We played chase and tag and red rover.  We probably ran the equivalent of a marathon each time we went out to play and we only stopped running because mom called us home.  The next day we’d get up and do it again.

It’s funny how as I’ve gotten older, the body just isn’t able to run like it could when I was a child.  How could something  so innate be so difficult?  How is it that as adults we have to train our muscles for distance and endurance for marathons or races yet as a kid we just ran as fast and as hard as we could ALL THE TIME!

Today I participated in my second half marathon.  I walked, I’m not Forrest Gump!  But walking was challenging enough.  I came to the realization that marathons do not discriminate based on age or body shape or size.  There were all sorts of people running their hearts out and inspiring me every step of the way.  These are the times that I remember that the body is a natural machine that is meant to be moved.  We are not sedentary creatures by nature.  Our limbs and organs were designed to work in perfect symmetry to carry us and propel us forward.  No equipment required, just our own bodies.  That is extraordinary.

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I’ll be honest, it was at about mile 6 when I started to get really hungry.  I started fantasizing about what I was going to eat as soon as I finished.  You might think I would have been craving these brownies  or even these chocolate cookies, but you’d be wrong.  I was craving a big bowl of pasta!!  That’s all I could think about!  I wanted starchy carbs and a slab of meat, like pork!   I knew today was not the day to be standing around the kitchen.  Luckily the ingredients for this dish were already in my pantry and my fridge.  I love a recipe that doesn’t require an extra trip to the store!  This pork dish is quick, it’s easy and it’s accessible!  The marinara sauce comes together in a snap and could be the star on its own.  But the pork is breaded and seasoned, then baked with a blanket of gooey cheese.  The perfect dish for my hearty appetite!

Pork Parmesan

For me, walking these marathons is similar to childbirth: immediately afterward I declare I’m never doing another one.  In about 6 months I’ll decide it wasn’t so bad and sign up to do it all again.   And if I knew someone would be running in front of me with let’s say a giant box of cupcakes, I may actually be persuaded to run!


Pork Parmesan with Homemade Marinara Sauce
  • 6 Boneless pork loin chops
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 4 oz container egg product
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3Tablespoons olive oil divided
Marinara Sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14oz can petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb angel hair pasta
  1. Heat a large skillet with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place flour in a shallow bowl, egg product in a second shallow bowl and breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in a third shallow bowl. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Dip pork in flour, then eggs, followed by breadcrumbs. Cook in skillet about 5-7 minutes or until browned on each side. Arrange pork chops on a casserole dish coated with cooking spray.
  2. Meanwhile, heating remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a small saucepan. Add garlic and cook for one minute. Add crushed tomatoes, diced, tomatoes and sauce. Stir in sugar, salt and seasoning. Cook until mixture begins to simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover.
  3. Preheat oven to 400. When pork chops have finished browning and are arranged in your casserole dish, ladle ½ to 1 cup of sauce over pork chops. Sprinkle chops with shredded cheese. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until cheese has a completely melted.
  4. Prepare past while pork is in the oven. Serve chops over past and sauce.

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41 Responses

  1. Oh, this pork chops look fantastic! I definitely have to make them!

    • This was devoured by the family! And easy to make!

  2. OMG, good for you for completing the marathon, Tanya! Isn’t the human body incredible? I can’t believe we were built to run and walk that far, that fast. So amazing! As is this pasta, which I would definitely down after walking for several miles!

    • I’m convinced my body isn’t made for running, just walking! But I marvel at those who actually run 26 miles! Thanks Hayley!

  3. Maggie Wallace

    Looks so tasty! Will have to give it a try!

  4. Oh man, I could run fast and for a long time when I was a kids. Now I get winded running down the street! But I would run as far as I needed to for this pasta dish! Always looking for a new way to prepare pork chops. Fabulous!

    • Haha, I totally get winded too! I’m not meant to run, thats for sure!

  5. Wow that looks amazing! I’m pinning it on my dinner ideas board!! Just entered your fabulous giveaway too! 😉

    • Thanks Amy! Good luck with the gift cards!

  6. MMM I would love me some pork parm! But running- well maybe I would have to think about that! LOL

    • The pork is better than running for sure!

  7. Congratulations on completing the marathon, Tanya, and for the reminder to get myself moving a bit more. Warm weather is here and it’s time to take advantage. And when I do, I can have a 2nd helping of your pork parmesan without any guilt attached. :) Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

    • Oh I definitely exercise so I can eat more!

  8. I”m very proud of you for even attempting to do the 1/2 marathon but completing it? Heck, I’m impressed! I am very happy to find this Pork Parm. The hubs won’t eat pork chops even deboned ones because “he ate them so many times as a kid”. So none of the regular ways (frying or smothered) will do. He loved chicken parm so I’m thinking I will sneak these in and see what happens. Thanks!

    • Thanks Kelli. My son hates pork, but he ate this easily!

  9. One other thing: I am a pinner for RecipeNewZ – is it okay with you if I pin some of your posts over there? The board had 25,000 + followers last time I looked and it really gives great traffic – you can ask Anita about her Macaroni Salad over at The Hungry Couple as a reference. It all comes back to your blog. Full disclosure – I just thought to ask you after I already pinned a few. I was looking for the above recipe – it just looks so good I know it will be popular!

  10. How did I never think to use pork chops for this dish? Love the idea.

    • It’s a nice change from the normal chicken!

  11. Can we use egg instead of the egg product? :)

    • Yes you can, I would add a little water to your lighten beaten eggs.

  12. […] times, in several ways, but making PORK parmesan is not something I have done before.  This pork parmesan recipe comes from Lemons for Lulu and it is a total delight.  It never occurred to me that chicken parm could be […]

  13. […] make for one incredible sandwich.  Especially with the gooey smoked mozzarella and the homemade marinara.    I’m totally reliving my youth with this sandwich.  Makes for a tasty trip down memory […]

  14. Kurlikew

    Sadly, this recipe, as is, is laden with unhealthy ingredients. There are healthier alternatives that can be substituted. :(

    • I’m sorry you feel that, I don’t agree with you however. The beauty of recipes such as this is you can change them up to fit your lifestyle.


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