Summer pork, fennel & beans

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Pan-fry thick pork chops, then roast with cherry tomatoes, shallots and cannellini beans to make an easy one-pot dinner

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:45 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 629
  • fat 35g
  • saturates 12g
  • carbs 23g
  • sugars 5g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 49g
  • salt 0.9g


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 large on-the-bone pork chops (about 250g each), rind removed
  • 2 banana shallots, 1 sliced, 1 finely chopped
  • 2 large fennel bulbs, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 100ml white wine
  • 1 lemon ½ cut into wedges, ½ juiced
  • 100g cherry tomatoes
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • handful basil leaves


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat 1 tbsp oil and the butter in a large ovenproof frying pan or wide flameproof casserole dish. Season the chops generously and fry over a medium-high heat for 3 mins each side until lightly golden – brown the edges of the fat for 30 secs or so too. Remove to a plate.

  2. Add the sliced shallot and fennel to the pan and cook for 2 mins, stirring now and then. Splash in the wine and simmer for a few secs to reduce a little. Add the lemon wedges, drizzle with the remaining oil and put in the oven to roast for 10 mins.

  3. Toss the veg gently, sit the pork chops on top and roast for another 20 mins. Add the tomatoes to the pan and cook for 5 mins more or until the chops are cooked through, the fennel is tender and turning golden, and the tomatoes are soft.

  4. Meanwhile, mix the chopped shallot, the lemon juice, beans and fennel seeds. Remove the meat to a plate to rest for a few mins while you fold the dressed beans and basil leaves into the pan. Add the resting juices, season to taste, then serve with the pork.

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