This take on a classic favorite is the ultimate comfort food and is sure to please the whole family.
We love the flavor of the simple homemade tomato sauce, but if you’re crunched for time you can use a jar of store-bought marinara instead. We use vegetable oil for pan-frying the pork because it has a higher smoke point than olive oil.
Serve over hot cooked spaghetti with a simple greens salad and dinner is done!
- Serves 4 to 6
- Active time 25 minutes
- Total time 40 minutes
- 2 MOINK pork steaks
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
- 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
- ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 6 slices mozzarella cheese
- Fresh basil leaves, for garnish
- 1 (16-oz.) package thin spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
- Thaw the pork steaks.
- Preheat the oven 400°F. Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
- Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper. Simmer 15 minutes or until the sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
- While the sauce simmers, prepare the pork: Remove the bone from the pork steaks and trim any excess fat. Cut the steaks into 4 to 6 pieces. Place each piece between 2 sheets of parchment or wax paper. Pound with a rolling pin or meat mallet into thin pieces. (This ensures that the meat is a uniform thickness.)
- Beat the eggs in a shallow dish. Place the breadcrumbs in a separate shallow dish. Sprinkle the pork lightly with salt and pepper. Dip one pork piece in the egg and dredge in the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess. Repeat with the remaining pork pieces.
- Heat half of the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the pork to the skillet and brown 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Repeat with the remaining oil and pork.
- Spoon some of the sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Arrange the pork over the sauce. Pour the remaining sauce over the pork. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and arrange the mozzarella cheese over the top.
- Bake the pork for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is browned and the sauce is bubbly. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves, if desired. Serve over hot cooked spaghetti.