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The Most Amazing Tuscan Pork Chops with White Beans and Crispy Sage

The Most Amazing Tuscan Pork Chops with White Beans and Crispy Sage

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The Tuscan countryside is one of the most picturesque places in Italy. Rolling green hills, charming villages, and vineyards are a true feast for the senses, but they’re not your only reason to visit! Tuscany also happens to be home to some of the best food on earth – including these amazing Tuscan Pork Chops with White Beans and Crispy Sage.

The Most Amazing Tuscan Pork Chops with White Beans and Crispy Sage

The pork chops are tenderized with a mixture of garlic, sage, salt, and pepper before being cooked low-and-slow until they’re delicious perfection. And don’t forget about that crispy sage topping!

The Most Amazing Tuscan Pork Chops with White Beans and Crispy Sage


The Tuscan countryside is one of the most picturesque places in Italy. Rolling green hills, charming villages, and vineyards are a true feast for the senses, but they’re not your only reason to visit! Tuscany also happens to be home to some of the best food on earth – including these amazing Tuscan Pork Chops with White Beans and Crispy Sage.

The pork chops are tenderized with a mixture of garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper before being cooked low-and-slow until they’re delicious perfection. And don’t forget about that crispy sage topping!

How thick should my pork chops be?

The pork chops featured in these images are 1-inch thick and weigh 20 oz. Therefore, they could be served “as is” for two large servings or the meat can be removed from the bone prior to serving for four modest portions. 

Are white beans really from Tuscany?

Yes, white beans are from Tuscany and they’re a staple in Tuscan cuisine. Having been grown there of thousands of years. White beans are grown in Tuscany because the soil and climate contribute to a perfect environment for them.

tuscan pork chops with white beans

What is white bean soup?

A popular dish among Italians, white bean soup is usually made with several types of legumes including potatoes or rice, kale, and bacon (or pancetta). It’s topped off with grated Parmesan cheese. This hearty dish can be enjoyed as an appetizer or light meal.

We might revisit that another day… because today? We are talking Tuscan pork chops with white beans!

Why is it good to know a cast iron pork recipe?

Cast iron pans are made to last and so freaking versatile. They can go in the oven, on the stovetop, and even be used over a campfire! You never have to worry about a non-stick coating either coming off into your food or poisoning it.

How do you take care of your cast iron pan?

Cast iron pans should be seasoned before you use them for the first time. This will help with food sticking and make your pan non-stick like those other ones (but without all that nasty coating). To season, just rub a generous amount of oil on it and bake at 350°F for one hour or until no longer sticky to touch.

How do I clean my cast iron skillet?

Clean up is super easy! We actually talk more about your cast iron pans here: Cast Iron Skillet Care 101 but I LOE to find them at garage sales and clean them up!

tuscan pork chops with white beans

Tuscan Pork Chops recipe

This baby takes relatively low prep time – just about 10 minutes. You end up cooking it for about 25 minutes, with the last 10 minutes or so in the oven. That gives you time to clean up and set the table for the 2-4 people you will spoil with this dish.

Tuscan Pork Chops Ingredients:

  • ¼ c. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 12-15 medium sage leaves, rinsed and dried completely
  • 2 1-inch thick bone-in pork chops (1¼ lbs.)
  • 1 t. garlic powder, divided
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 c. chicken broth, preferably organic
  • 1 29-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 t. dried Italian seasoning

How to make Tuscan pork chops with white beans:

  1. Place top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Add three tablespoons of olive oil to a cast iron skillet set over medium-low heat. Add the dried sage leaves to the skillet in a single layer. Make sure the sage leaves are completely dried before adding to the hot oil – so you don’t splatter hot grease on yourself. Season with some salt and sauté, turning once, until the leaves are golden brown, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and carefully transfer the sage leaves from the skillet with a slotted spatula and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and adjust the heat to medium. Add the pork chops to the skillet and sprinkle with the garlic powder. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the chops are nicely browned. Transfer the chops to a plate and set them aside.
  5. Add the chicken broth to the skillet and gently scrape up any brown bits with a plastic spatula. Remove from heat and add the beans and Italian seasoning. Stir to combine.
  6. Return the pork chops and the juices that collected on the plate to the skillet before placing them in the preheated oven. Roast for 10-15 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer reads 140°F. Remove from oven and allow the pork to rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve the pork chops and white beans immediately topped with the crispy sage leaves. Enjoy!
tuscan pork chops

We hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!

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