Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Makes 4 servings

The basil butter is the star here: It seasons the pork and adds an herby, rich flavor to the roasted squash.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together first 3 ingredients, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a small bowl. Cover and chill basil-butter mixture until ready to use (up to 48 hours).

Step 2

Preheat broiler with oven rack 5 inches from heat. Toss together squash, next 2 ingredients, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper in a large bowl. Spread mixture in a single layer in a jelly-roll pan, and broil 10 to 12 minutes or until tender and lightly browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, and stir in 2 Tbsp. basil-butter mixture. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Step 3

Sprinkle chops with remaining salt and pepper, and place on a wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Top each chop with a heaping tablespoon of basil-butter mixture. Broil 8 to 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 155°. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Serve pork chops with squash mixture.

Ratings & Reviews

Delicious, but adjust cooking time

December 05, 2017
We loved this recipe. I did not find it too salty. I would, however, change the cook just a bit. I would sparingly add some of the basil butter to one side, broil 8 minutes, flip over, dollop the remaining butter and cook about 8 more minutes. The first time i tried this I cooked on one side for about 12 minutes only to find the bottom was basically raw.


August 03, 2015
Such a nice versatile butter. What a great use for the abundant tomatoes, basil and squash of summer. While this tasted great, the vegetables definitely made more than four servings, probably more like 6. I'll probably halve that portion of the recipe in the future. 

It's a keeper

August 05, 2015
Wow! Very flavorful. Hubby loved it. I subbed onions and garlic for shallots, and book prob. Def make again.

Need to change a few things

August 16, 2015
My basil butter came out so salty even though I measured the salt. Also, the basil burned while broiling. I will make again but omit salt in butter and add basil butter after broiling or at the very end.

Love this recipe!

October 10, 2015
I've made this recipe a few times, a couple times with just the basil topping on the pork chops, and then a veggie blend once.  Due to not having enough summer squash I combined zucchini and green beans for an equivalent amount, and cooked 9 pork chops instead of the four.  So, I like this recipe for it's wide versatility.  The basil mixed with the veggies was just about to-die-for, and the basil topping was still spreadable over 9 chops without doubling.  Granted, the topping was on the thin side, but doable.  I had 8 very happy guests with this meal, and the previous times that I cooked only the chops proved very satisfying meals as well.

Not loving it

October 29, 2015
This is definitely really, really easy.  It took maybe 20 minutes start to finish.   After that, if you do not use enough salt, it will be bland.  And, I'm not loving the texture of chops broiled.  I think next time, I'm going to just throw the chops on the grill and dollop on the butter.  I will also pulverize or mulch the basil and add garlic to make more of a pesto type of butter over a basil flavored butter.  Furthermore, I really packed the 1/2 cup tightly with fresh basil leaves from my garden; next time, I'll chop the basil then see if it's 1/2 cup - seemed like a lot of butter to basil ratio.