Aunt Lena was an amazing cook...a legendary baker...and a talented seamstress. She frequently made a pork chop casserole for luncheon. Imagine August in Pasadena California. Temps in the high 90's...no air conditioner at Aunt Lena's...and her making and baking a cream sauce based casserole. Her kitchen was almost unbearably hot...but the casserole was delicious. And she always had a homemade dessert! We so looked forward to Aunt Lena's lunches.
This is "casserole" week at Food Network's Comfort Food Feast. I don't make casseroles often but I have been wanting to recreate Aunt Lena's pork chops. I lightened up the dish with fresh mushrooms, peas and added white wine to my version. I don't think she would have minded. I don't have her recipe so this is from memory...I hope I came close. But, either way, Peter loved it...ate it 3 times...and nothing is more comforting to me than people enjoying my food. Enjoy!
Pork Chop Casserole with Crimini Mushrooms
(serves 4 as a main dish)
4 bone in pork chops
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing casserole dish
1 white onion, chopped
6 crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
1 tsp dry mustard
1 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
12 oz pkg medium egg noodles
1 1/2 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
freshly ground black pepper
Season pork chops with salt and pepper, set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and seasoned pork chops. Brown chops on both sides. Add onions and mushrooms, saute for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic and saute another minute. Add soup, wine, mustard, parsley and 1 tsp each salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover pan and simmer for 1 hour.
While pork chop mixture simmers, bring large stockpot filled with water to a boil. Season with small handful of salt and add noodles. Cook for 5 minutes, drain and set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stir in peas to pork chop & noodles pan. Grease a large casserole dish with olive oil. Place noodle mixture in dish. Top with pork chops. Cover loosely with foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
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