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Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash

Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash is an easy, healthy, one skillet dinner that is full of fall flavors!

Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash

One skillet meals are great! And this Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash is a good one.Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash

When I was growing up, we almost always had homemade applesauce with our pork chops. So, the combo is a natural one to me, and I added some butternut squash for a little extra nutritional oopmh.Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash

I love savory and sweet dishes, and this was a big hit with the whole family.  My two year-old is sick and has been picking at her food, but she loved this.Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash

So, if you’re looking for an easy dish that’s sure to please, give this a try!

Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash

Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples and Butternut Squash is an easy, healthy, one skillet dinner that is full of fall flavors!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 34 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes
Servings 4
Author i heart eating

Ingredients

  • 2 T . butter
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 2 medium baking apples (Honeycrisp Granny Smith, Jonagold, Braeburn, and Gala are all good choices)
  • 1-2 T . brown sugar depending on desired sweetness
  • 1/2 tsp . ground cinnamon
  • Pinch or two of salt
  • 4 in bone- pork loin chops
  • 1/2 tsp . dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp . dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, peel butternut squash and apples. You can also leave the peel on the apples if you prefer. 

  3. Cut squash and apples into 1/2-inch cubes.
  4. Place in pan, and stir to coat with butter.
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Turn heat to medium.
  7. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
  8. Cook for another 10 minutes or so, stirring regularly, until tender.

  9. Remove to plate.
  10. Add pork chops, and season with rosemary, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Cook about 10 minutes on each side, or until a thermometer reads 145 F.
  12. Return apples and squash to pan and toss to warm.

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Patty Guido
    October 18, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Kate my name is patty. I was wondering for the pork chops w/ cinn app recipe,can I substitute the butter for something else ? Thanks so much and have a wonderful day ! 😊

    • Reply
      Kate
      October 18, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      Hi, Patty! Yes, you could use olive oil, coconut oil, or a similar oil in place of the butter. =)

  • Reply
    Tara
    July 23, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    This is one of my favorite recipes for the fall. Do you think there is a way to make this with a large roast in the oven? I’d love to make it for a family gathering

    • Reply
      Kate
      July 24, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks! I’m so glad to hear that you like it! I’ve never tried to make this recipe as a roast, so I’m afraid that I’m not able to be much help with that.

      • Reply
        Tara
        August 29, 2017 at 7:38 am

        Okay I am going to give it a whirl and see how it comes out!

        • Reply
          Kate
          August 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

          Good luck!

  • Reply
    Ariana
    April 11, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Would I be able to use boneless pork chops for this recipe ? I hope so!

    • Reply
      Kate
      April 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      I would guess that you could. You’ll just want to watch the cooking time because boneless pork chops will cook faster than bone-in. Good luck! =)

  • Reply
    Bz
    March 29, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I was looking for a quick and easy squash and pork chop recipe and this was it!! I didn’t have baking apples, so I just did squash and the pork and added a tiny bit of chili powder to the squash while it cooked for a tiny kick. I was worried about cooking the squash on the stove as I normally roast it but, it cooked perfectly in the amount of time indicated in the recipe. I loved it and so did my family and the best part was the simple clean up because it was cooked in one skillet.

    • Reply
      Kate
      March 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      So glad that you liked it! Fewer dishes to clean is always nice. =) Thanks for taking the time to come back and comment!

  • Reply
    Linda Ray
    January 24, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Great one dish meal!! My mom did the browned pork chops with the sliced apples cooked in the brownings from the pork chops in the skillet with a little butter and brown sugar. She never peeled the apples, which gave a little “crunch” Adding the squash is a great addition. I did a shortcut, as I found the butternut squash in the freezer section of Costco already peeled and chopped. It is a tiny bit precooked which really cuts down the cooking time. This will become one of my favorites!! thanks os much.

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 24, 2017 at 10:25 am

      I’m so glad that you liked it! I’m all for using shortcuts like the butternut squash to make the meal even faster. Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

  • Reply
    Kathy Arner
    January 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I didn’t have squash on hand but did sweet potato instead and it was sooo good! I am now trying to do the WW points for it. I did use the Splenda brown sugar blend and just a little. Very tasty! My hubby thought it was great too!

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 11, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! Sweet potato would be a great substitute for the squash. Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

  • Reply
    Mrs. Quick
    November 3, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight. Believe it or not I had never had squash before…. it was delicious! Such a simple meal, perfect for fall. Thank you for sharing this. Who ever left that first comment is absolutely ccrazy!

    • Reply
      Kate
      November 3, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Yay for trying something new, and I’m so glad that you liked it! Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave a comment. =)

  • Reply
    Sandal
    November 1, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    We tried this tonight. I don’t think I would make it again. The squash did not cook even leaving it in the pan while the pork chops were cooking. Because I left he squash in to cook with the pork shops, the apples were over cooked. The pork was also over cooked even though I cooked it the time indicated in the recipe. If you can peel and chop the squash in 10 minutes, you are amazing! And if someone actually put the butter in the pan and melted it while prepping the squash and apples, it will burn! Melting the hitter should be step 2, not step 1. The flavor was delicious just the wrong times on everything else.

    • Reply
      Kate
      November 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Normally, if someone has trouble with a recipe, I apologize and offer to troubleshoot. However, it doesn’t sound like you followed the directions. Even so, I’m going to make some suggestions in the hope that this explanation will help someone in the future.

      I suggest both a time and a temperature to cook the pork to because pork chops can vary in thickness and “medium” can mean different things on different ranges. Cooking the pork to temperature will not result in overcooked pork.

      Also, you say that you left the apples in longer than directed and then were upset that they overcooked. Even with an extended cooking time, this shouldn’t have happened with baking apples. They can stand up to extended cooking times without turning to mush, which is why it’s important to use the correct type of apple.

      I write recipes based on how long it takes me to prep it and cook it. I would suggest that, when following any recipe, you adjust accordingly if you think that it will take you longer than indicated to complete a step. Better luck in the future!

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    Renee T
    January 18, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Very tasty. I used sweet potato, though, because I did not have butternut squash. I also added slices viladia onion. I would make this recipe again.

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 20, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Those sound like tasty swaps! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

  • Reply
    Val
    November 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I know this is an older recipe, and I’m just wondering how you don’t have more comments on here? I made this for dinner tonight, and it is so good! Such a delicious, easy, perfect fall mean. It’s like comfort food. My mom often made porkchops and acorn squash baked and filled with applesauce. It was one of my favorites, and this recipe is a hit as well. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kate
      November 20, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Thank you!! I am so glad that you liked it! I always enjoy hearing from people who have made my recipes. Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave a comment! =)

  • Reply
    Matea
    January 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    What an easy dish to make for dinner! Could I substitute sweet potatoes for the butternut squash?

    • Reply
      Kate
      January 13, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you! I haven’t tried this with sweet potatoes, but the flavors would certainly work together. =)

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