These stuffed pork chops are to die for. It may seem like a complex recipe, but we promise this is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you will ever make! C’mon, pesto and goat cheese stuffed pork chops? IT IS AMAZING!

Pesto and Goat Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops

Prep time: 10 – 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 – 40 minutes

Total time: 45 – 55 minutes

What You Will Need

  • ‘Rub’
    • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon of oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon of ground thyme
  • 3 pork loin chops
  • 4 oz of chilled basil pesto (bought in deli section of grocery store or made from scratch)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar (for brushing step)
  • Toothpicks (4-5 per chop)
stuffed pork chop
Our pesto and goat’s cheese stuffed pork chops are going to melt your brain with deliciousness!

How You’ll Do It

  1. Preheat oven to 400F (or 205C).
  2. Mix black pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes and thyme in a small bowl; rub both sides of each chop with the spice mix.
  3. Using the tip of a paring knife, cut a 3-inch slit in the side of each pork chop, 2 inches deep and 1/4-inch away from the bone to make a pocket for stuffing. Place chops into a baking dish.
  4. Mix feta cheese and basil pesto in a bowl using a fork; stuff pork chop with pesto filling using a spoon, and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until chops are browned and stuffing is hot, about 35 minutes. Insert an instant-read meat thermometer into the center of the stuffing, it should read 145F (or 62C).
  6. The final step is to brush with balsamic vinegar and bake for another 5 minutes, allowing balsamic vinegar to form a delicious glaze.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

If you like some added variety, try tossing some chopped sun dried tomato or fresh spinach into the goat cheese/pesto mixture. If you like a nutty flavor, add in pine nuts!