Pork Loin in the Style of Porchetta

A tied pork loin in the style of Porchetta on a white platter with cooked red onions and rosemary.

Arista is the traditional pork loin roast from Tuscany, studded with garlic and rosemary and spit-roasted over hot coals. Porchetta is a nearly boneless whole suckling pig, rubbed with rosemary and stuffed with its own highly seasoned innards. This hybrid, where pork loin meets porchetta, is a lot easier than either, with all of the tasty flavors from both.–Mario Batali

Pork Loin in the Style of Porchetta

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  • 50 M
  • 2 H, 15 M
  • Makes 4 servings
5/5 - 2 reviews
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  • One 4-pound boneless pork loin roast, butterflied (have the butcher do this)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, fronds reserved and chopped, bulb thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds ground pork shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 red onions, cut in half
  • 1 lemon, halved


  • 1. Lay the pork loin out flat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • 2. In a 10- to 12-inch saute pan, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil over medium-high heat until smoking. Add the sliced onion and fennel and saute until softened and lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add the ground pork, fennel seeds, rosemary, garlic, and 2 tablespoons pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool.
  • 3. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  • 4. Add all but 1 tablespoon of the fennel fronds, the bread crumbs, and eggs to the pork mixture and mix gently. Spread the mixture over the pork loin. Roll it up, starting from a long side, like a jelly roll, and tie with butcher’s twine. Place the red onions in a roasting pan and set the pork loin on top. Roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 135°F (57°C). Remove and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • 5. Slice the pork loin into 1-inch-thick pieces. Serve drizzled with the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and a good squeeze of lemon, garnished with the reserved fennel fronds, and with the onions on the side. (Or chill overnight in the fridge and slice it thin for the king of sandwiches, for a lot of uninvited guests.)

Recipe Testers Reviews

This is the kind of pork dish that I would automatically make twice as much of, just so that I could hide half and have it the next day, without having to share it with guests. It makes a KILLER sandwich. I made a big mess of sauteed rapini, just so I could pile that on the sammie as well. I knew before I even started that I would like this, it totally pushed all of my buttons; pork, fennel, rosemary. But I had no idea, that on the same plate, they would come together to be one of the most memorable meals I’ve had in months. I’ll be dreaming about this one for a while yet.


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  1. My brother and I made this tonight. It was out of this world. I’m already looking forward to leftovers tomorrow. Or later this evening. Phenomenal.

  2. Re: Mario Batali’s stuffed pork loin, I am wondering about cooking the pork only until 130 degrees. I think it will continue to cook somewhat as it rests after roasting, but will that be enough for the pork to be cooked?

    1. Kay, the temperature will rise to between 140 and 150 degrees, which is safe. I never eat pork loin or tenderloin that’s above 145. If you feel uncomfortable, then let the pork cook until it’s 140, and that will rise to between 150 and 155. It should still be delicious.

  3. I had a one pound organic tenderloin on hand. I also had salt pork, no pork shoulder. I cut the recipe in thirds and minced the salt pork. I cut the onion in 1/8’s and otherwise stayed true to the recipe, but only had to cook it around 20 minutes. Phenomenal with the salt pork!!! Oh, and I use Panko bread crumbs!

    1. Fantastic Jeanne. We’re happy to hear about creative twists on recipes with successful results. Panko bread crumbs are handy and a quick fix when you don’t have time to make your own.

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