Porchetta (Italian Roast Pork)

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A tasty recipe from central Italy. Serve on a toasted crusty roll or with potatoes and spinach on the side.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 35 mins
8 servings


  • 20 leaves chopped fresh sage

  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

  • 3 sprigs chopped fresh thyme

  • 3 sprigs chopped fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoons fennel pollen

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper

  • 1 (3 1/2) pound skin-on pork shoulder roast

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ cup dry white wine


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  2. Combine sage, garlic, thyme, rosemary, fennel pollen, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.

  3. Make ten 1/2-inch incisions all over the pork. Stuff the incisions with 1/3 of the sage mixture. Brush olive olive over the pork and rub on remaining 2/3 of the sage mixture. Transfer to a roasting pan.

  4. Roast pork, skin-side up, in the preheated oven until golden, about 2 hours.

  5. Pour wine into the roasting pan. Continue roasting pork, basting with wine at regular intervals, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 3 hours.

  6. Let pork rest, covered in aluminum foil, for 10 minutes before slicing.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute 2 teaspoons each dried sage, dried thyme, and dried rosemary for the fresh herbs if preferred.

Chop herbs and garlic together using a food processor if desired.

You can marinate the roast overnight (after step 3) if you wish .

Substitute red wine for the white wine if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

312 Calories
22g Fat
3g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 391mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 323mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.