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Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast

  • yield: Serves 4




  • 1 boneless pork loin (1 1/2 pounds)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary, plus several sprigs
  • 1/3 pound pancetta or bacon, thinly sliced
  • 8 to 10 cipollini or very small white onions, unpeeled
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • Polenta Triangles Polenta Triangles
  • Steamed spinach, for serving


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Sear pork on all sides until browned, about 10 minutes total. Remove from heat.

  2. Step 2

    Rub pork with chopped rosemary. Wrap with pancetta, overlapping strips slightly. Use toothpicks to secure pancetta, if necessary. Place a rosemary sprig on top; tie pork with kitchen twine, and remove toothpicks. Return pork to skillet. Scatter onions and rosemary sprigs around pork. Roast in oven, basting occasionally with cooking juices, until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees.on an instant-read thermometer, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from oven. Transfer pork and onions to a platter; cover to keep warm.

  3. Step 3

    Make pan sauce: In a small bowl, combine butter and flour. Place skillet over medium heat. Add stock, scraping bottom of skillet to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; reduce liquid slightly, about 2 minutes. Whisk in butter mixture; cook until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Slice pork, and drizzle with sauce. Serve with onions, polenta triangles, and steamed spinach.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2003

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Reviews (3)

  • 12 May, 2010

    This is so good! I did it with little red potatoes instead of onions and it was fantastic. So juicy!

  • 23 Oct, 2009

    This dish is beyond amazing! Might want to have a little extra stock or white wine on hand for basting.

  • 13 Jan, 2009