Roasted pork loin is a staple of Italian cooking. In this recipe we coat the lean meat with garlic, rosemary and aromatic lemon zest before it goes in the oven, and then deglaze the pan with vermouth to make a savory gravy. The roast is perfect for entertaining but equally at home for a Sunday family supper.

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  • Tie kitchen string around pork in three places so it doesn't flatten while roasting. Place salt and garlic in a small bowl and mash with the back of a spoon to form a paste. Stir in oil, rosemary and lemon zest; rub the mixture into the pork. Refrigerate, uncovered, for 1 hour.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  • Place the pork in a roasting pan. Roast, turning once or twice, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145 degrees F, 40 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, add vermouth (or wine) and vinegar to the roasting pan and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the sauce is reduced by half, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove the string and slice the roast. Add any accumulated juices to the sauce and serve with the pork.


Equipment: Kitchen string

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 20.6g; carbohydrates 0.6g; dietary fiber 0.1g; fat 8.3g; saturated fat 2g; cholesterol 64.5mg; vitamin a iu 11.9IU; vitamin c 1.1mg; folate 0.5mcg; calcium 21.2mg; iron 0.7mg; magnesium 20.6mg; potassium 280.2mg; sodium 149.4mg; thiamin 0.5mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Awesome recipe. Have received so many compliments! Also really good when you add some dried chives or italian seasoning. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Tender and delicious I've made this recipe twice and both times it turned out perfect! Tender and flavorful and easy! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Disappointing Marinade was quick to prep - nothing overly complicated - smelled delicious and pork came out juicy and tender but seemed a bit bland. Pros: Straightforward recipe Read More
Rating: 5 stars
i just made this for christmas dinner and it was a huge success! i brined the pork loin first in a brown sugar-salt brine and it was so tender and juicy. everyone asked for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Lovely pork loin recipe for entertaining I made this for Christmas dinner. It was lovely and very easy. I didn't trim the meat and I think that prevented the flavors from seeping in. Next time I will let it marinate longer. And double the gravy! Pros: Easy tasty Read More