Italian Pork Main Dish Recipes

Looking for Italian pork recipes? Find recipes for pork loin, pork chops, and sausage as well as dishes starring pancetta, prosciutto, and guanciale.

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Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Tradizionali

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Unlike a lot of recipes out there for spaghetti carbonara, this is the true Italian recipe from an Italian! You can't get more authentic than this recipe! Top with extra Pecorino-Romano cheese, salt, and pepper. Note there's no cream, just eggs, and Pecorino Romano cheese is used, not Parmesan.

Chef John's Porchetta

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We're going to simplify traditional porchetta by making a smaller, simpler version using pork shoulder. It makes a great sandwich, especially topped with some fried, crispy pancetta.
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Pork Osso Buco

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Pork shank isn't as rich as veal, but I like it better in osso buco. Still, if you want veal you can use it here too.
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Italian Pork Tenderloin

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Fresh sage, sun-dried tomatoes, prosciutto, and cream give this pork tenderloin dish its rich flavor. It's absolutely wonderful and simple! Chopped ham can be used if prosciutto is unavailable.

Braised Pork Ragu

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A perfect make-ahead dish that is served best over Parmesan risotto, but is also great over pasta or potatoes! Lamb or beef can also be substituted and is just as delicious!

Italian-Style Pork Tenderloin

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This pork tenderloin is quick and easy to prepare ahead of time. One of my favorite recipes. You can make this recipe on the grill or bake it in your oven.

Pork and Shiitake Mushroom Ragu

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Italian, paleo, omg, ragù! This was simply amazing. We are at our lake house for the summer and our friends came over. I had a super busy day and while at the butcher deciding what to make, the pork butt looked amazing. I did serve this dish with a creamy polenta. I am Italian! What can I say... if you want to keep it paleo, then serve with sauteed vegetables or sauteed garlic spinach (I do that a lot). This freezes well and taste even better the next day! You can also prepare this meal in your slow cooker.

World's Best Lasagna

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It takes a little work, but it is worth it.
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Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake

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This is an Italian comfort food classic! The smell of this cooking in my kitchen transports me back to playing on the street in front of my Papa and Gigi's house in Brooklyn. I make 2 trays of this for every family get-together, and it's gone in a flash!

The Best Meatballs

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I never knew how to make good meatballs until I found this recipe. I normally make mine with just ground beef and they still taste great. I've used the combination of pork, beef and veal and they are equally good. Definitely use fresh bread crumbs and freshly grate your cheese instead of using the canned really does make a difference.

Chef John's Italian Meatballs

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Homemade meatballs are a very easy to make, and since we skip the very messy step of pan-frying these before they hit the sauce, it becomes downright simple. Here I use a standard half-beef/half-pork mixture. You can substitute water or beef broth for the milk, if preferred.
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Homemade Lasagna

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This is my mom's special homemade lasagna recipe with made from scratch tomato sauce and delicious, cheesy filling. I have found none better anywhere. Serve with a leafy green salad and crusty garlic bread, if desired.

Inspiration and Ideas

Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions

"Absolutely perfect. Even my husband who is not a sausage fan, said, and I quote, 'This is so good, I could eat it every night!' Win!" – lynnyb88

Chef John's Baby Porchetta

See how to make this bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.

Bolognese Sauce

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An excellent chunky pasta sauce with beef, pork, lots of vegetables and tons of flavor. Freeze any unused portions for later use. If you have fresh herbs, you may substitute 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil for the dried basil in this recipe.