Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
Food & Wine
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 pork chops, about 3/4 inch thick
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 fennel bulb, cut into thin slices
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1⁄2 cup dry marsala
- 2⁄3 cup canned low sodium chicken broth or 2⁄3 cup homemade stock
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Season the pork chops with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
- Put the chops in the pan. Cook, turning once, until browned and done to medium, about 5 minutes per side. Remove and put in a warm place.
- If necessary, add oil to the pan to make about 2 tablespoons fat. Add the onion, fennel, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
- Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.
- Uncover and add the garlic. Cook, stirring, 1 minute longer. Add the marsala.
- Bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to dislodge any brown bits. Boil until reduced to approximately 1/4 cup, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir in the broth, tomato paste, 2 tablespoons of the parsley, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and any accumulated juices from the meat.
- Bring to a simmer and cook, covered, until the sauce thickens and the fennel is tender, about 5 minutes.
- Add the remaining tablespoon parsley, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, and the pork chops. Cook until just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.