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Porchetta (Italian Pork Roast)

Traditional Italian dish made from pork and fresh seasoning: Porchetta! A delicious main course with an extra crispy crust and juicy meat.

August 5, 2022
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Difficulty Medium
Servings 8 people
Preparation 50 mins
Cooking 180 mins
Total 230 mins



  1. Place the pork on the cutting board. Thin it with the meat mallet.
  2. Heat the pan on medium heat. Add the fennel seeds and cayenne pepper to the pan and fry for about a minute. Transfer it to a small bowl and let it cool to room temperature. Then grind the fennel seeds in a spice grinder or pestle.
  3. Add the olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, black pepper, and white wine. Mix all the ingredients.
  4. Place the pork belly, skin side down, on a cutting board. Make a ⅓ inch deep notch on the pork in a checkerboard pattern.
  5. Spread the spice mixture evenly over the pork by massaging it with your fingers. After seasoning all the pork, place the pork loin in the center of the belly.
  6. Twist the pork belly to form a cylindrical, log-like shape around the filet. When the waist is fully wrapped, tie the kitchen string diagonally at the end and in the middle to ensure that it does not open.
  7. Leave the pork uncovered in the refrigerator overnight.
  8. Remove the porchetta from the refrigerator and let it rest at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
  9. Preheat the oven to 500 °F (260 °C).
  10. Add the porchetta to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Add half a liter of water to a deep baking tray. Sprinkle salt on the pork.
  11. Put the baking sheet in the oven and roast the pork for 30 minutes.
  12. Then reduce the oven temperature to 325 °F (160 °C). Cook for about 3 hours until the core temperature of the thickest part of the pork is 160 °F (70 °C).
  13. Remove the porchetta from the oven and transfer it to the cutting board.
  14. Let it rest for about 30 minutes before slicing.
  15. Cut into thick slices and serve hot.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Porchetta (Italian Pork Roast)
Serves 8
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 82.9 g106.3%
Cholesterol 368 mg122.7%
Sodium 4441 mg193.1%
Protein 144.5 g289%
Potassium 321 mg6.8%
Potassium 321 mg6.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Use fresh herbs or spices to flavor the pork.
  • Add vegetables such as potatoes, onions, or brussels sprouts. Place these vegetables at the bottom of the pan.
  • You can add red or white wine to balance the flavor of the meat.
  • You can refrigerate the porchetta overnight. In this way, the outside of the meat becomes extra crispy when roasted. Let it come to room temperature for at least 2 hours before cooking. ​
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Porchetta or Italian Pork Roast is a roasted whole pork. It is a popular street food in Southern Italy. This pork, which you can use to make juicy Italian sandwiches, is incredibly delicious on its own.

Try the porchetta recipe for the perfect dinner. Serve this delicious and mouthwatering meat with roasted vegetables.

What Is a Porchetta?

Porchetta is a traditional Italian dish made with finely ground, seasoned pork. Porchetta, which means "little pig" in Italian, is a boneless pork roast. It is made of pork belly and waist.

What To Serve with Porchetta?

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How To Store Porchetta?

The best way to store porchetta is to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To ensure that it is safe to eat when reheated, make sure it is completely warm.

It is not recommended to freeze this dish. The texture of the food may deteriorate.

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