Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops: A Comforting Skillet Dinner

Cream of mushroom pork chop on mashed potatoes with fork

If you’re looking for a simple and delicious skillet dinner, look no further than these Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops. This recipe takes a can of soup and transforms your dinner into a comforting and flavorful meal that the whole family will love!

Why You Will Love These Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops:

  • Pork is a great protein to add to your diet! With every 3 ounces of pork, you get a whopping 22-24 grams of protein. Including 20-30 grams of protein per meal is an excellent way to fuel your body.
  • Creamy delicious comfort food. Comfort food has a way of making us feel nostalgic and warm inside. This pork chop recipe takes the classic cream of mushroom soup to a whole new level, elevating it beyond anything you remember from your childhood.
  • They are so easy to make. You’ll be amazed by how effortless these creamy mushroom pork chops are to prepare. Simply sear the pork chops, sauté the mushrooms (optional), smother them in the creamy mushroom sauce, and bake them until cooked through. It’s that simple!
  • Minimal ingredients and prep. This dish requires just a few ingredients, many of which you likely already have in your pantry. All you need are pork chops, seasoning, butter, garlic, mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup, and half and half. It’s a practical and convenient recipe for those busy weeknights.
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Overhead view of pork chops in cream of mushroom sauce with mushrooms on top.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Pork chops: Opt for 1-inch thick bone-in pork loin chops for this recipe. They sear perfectly and remain juicy throughout the cooking process. If you want the juiciest chop possible, consider brining them beforehand.
  • Seasoning: Keep it simple with a combination of garlic, paprika, salt, and pepper. Gently rub this mixture onto the pork chops after patting them dry.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter to seal in the flavor. While you can substitute it with cooking oil, butter brings an extra richness to the dish.
  • Garlic: Add a touch of garlic to the creamy mushroom sauce. Adjust the amount based on the garlicky flavor of your mushroom soup.
  • Mushrooms: Fresh mushrooms are preferred, but you can also use canned mushrooms if needed. Canned mushrooms are already softened, so you can skip the sautéing step.
  • Cream of mushroom soup: The classic condensed soup that brings a nostalgic flavor. One can should be sufficient, but feel free to use half of another can if you desire extra sauce.
  • Half and half: This creamy dairy product adds richness to the sauce. While whole milk or other milk alternatives can be used, they won’t provide the same level of richness.

Pork chops, seasoning, water, butter, and other ingredients to make cream of mushroom pork chops.
Ingredients to make creamy mushroom sauce on the surface.

Things to Know About Pork Chops:

  • Not all cuts are interchangeable. For this recipe, rib chops, loin chops, or boneless chops work best. Avoid using sirloin pork chops or shoulder chops, as they are better suited for slow cooking.
  • Cook pork chops to an internal temperature of 145°F. This temperature ensures they are safe to eat and will still be juicy. Don’t worry if they have a slight touch of pink.
  • Bone-in and boneless pork chops cook similarly, but cooking times may vary. The size and thickness of the chops will determine the cooking time.
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To get started, use an oven-safe pan, preferably cast iron. Ensure the pan is super hot before searing the pork chops. Sear each side for about 2-3 minutes until nicely browned. Once browned, you have the option to sauté the mushrooms separately. This step adds a buttery tenderness to the mushrooms, though it’s not essential as they will cook in the oven.

Whisk together the mushroom soup, cooked or uncooked mushrooms, half and half, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Return the pork chops to the pan and pour the soup mixture over them, ensuring they are fully covered.

Browned pork chops in skillet.
Cream of mushroom soup over pork chops and mushrooms in skillet.

Bake the pork chops for approximately 20 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F. Remove them from the oven and allow them to rest for about 5 minutes before serving.

Cast iron skillet with creamy mushroom bone-in pork chops and a bowl of parsley beside it.

Do You Need To Brine Your Pork Chops?

While brining your pork chops isn’t necessary, it’s a great option if you have the time. Brining draws in moisture, salt, and other flavors, resulting in the juiciest and most tender meat.

You can brine the chops for as little as 15-30 minutes or as long as several hours. This step makes a significant difference in the final result of your creamy mushroom pork chops, so it’s worth prioritizing when possible.

Skillet with cream of mushroom pork chops with parsley on top.

Can You Use Boneless Pork Chops?

Absolutely! Boneless pork chops work well in this recipe. Keep in mind that boneless chops tend to be less juicy and easier to overcook. To prevent them from drying out, you can remove them from the oven when they are slightly under 145°F and let them finish cooking as they rest.

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What to Serve With These Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops:

Our preferred side dish is mashed potatoes, but you can also pair them with roasted green beans or a refreshing salad. For a heartier meal, serve the pork chops over pasta. The options are endless!

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