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

Rating: 4.77 stars
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

Rating: 4.5 stars
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.

Pork Osso Buco

Rating: 4.71 stars
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.

Italian Pork Tenderloin

Rating: 4.68 stars
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

Rating: 4.53 stars
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

Rating: 4.47 stars
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

Rating: 4.2 stars
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.

Eggplant Rollatini

Rating: 4.47 stars
After having eggplant rollatine at a restaurant, and it was absolutely delicious! I decided that I HAD to learn how to make it. Here is what I came up with.

Simply Traditional Lasagna

Rating: 4.56 stars
A traditional lasagna, with about half the time and effort! I always cook extra to have leftovers, but the more I cook, the more they eat! Serve with garlic toast and salad.

Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

Rating: 4.36 stars
A wonderful Italian neighbor showed me how to make this recipe after I commented on how good it made the neighborhood smell when she had her windows open when she made it. This American-Italian term refers to food prepared 'hunter-style,' with mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, various herbs, and sometimes wine. I found adding cheese gave it something special, it also made it mine.

Baked Penne with Italian Sausage

Rating: 4.39 stars
This is a hearty, filling meal that's full of flavor!

Fettuccini Carbonara

Rating: 4.45 stars
This carbonara is a delectable, mouth watering pile of yummy goodness. I recommend a nice salad with it - that's all you will need for a complete meal.

Inspiration and Ideas

Italian Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
Rating: Unrated
"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
Rating: Unrated
See how to make this bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.