Authentic Italian Porchetta Recipe Pork Roast

Authentic Italian Porchetta Recipe | Pork Roast

If you have been to Italy at least once, you probably know what I am talking about. Porchetta is the famous classic pork roast that is found in every Italian square during market hours.
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Course: Meat, Sandwich
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: panino, porchetta, sandwich
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 15 portions
Calories: 10282kcal
Author: Nonna Box


  • 4 lb boneless pork belly with the skin on
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons dried sage chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fennel pollen
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Lay the pork skin side down on a work surface, with a sharp knife make a few slits in the flesh.
  • Make a lengthwise slit on the tenderloin.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the sage, rosemary, garlic, 2 tablespoons of salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Spread the mixture over the exposed surface of the belly, working it into the cuts in the flesh.
  • Spread some of the of the mixture in the slit of the tenderloin.
  • Generously sprinkle the fennel pollen over the belly and tenderloin.
  • Position the tenderloin in the middle of the pork belly.
  • Roll up the pork belly around the tenderloin and tie with butcher’s twine.
  • Place in a roasting pan. Make some slits in the skin with a sharp knife, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Place the pan in the oven and cook for 2 1/2 - 3 hours. The juices should run clear when pierced with a knife.
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes, loosely tented with foil. Slice and serve.


Serving: 120g | Calories: 10282kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 265g | Fat: 1006g | Saturated Fat: 360g | Cholesterol: 1601mg | Sodium: 14774mg | Potassium: 5309mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 535IU | Vitamin C: 11.4mg | Calcium: 412mg | Iron: 19mg
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