Roast Pork With Fennel

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
Recipe by MsKittyKat

This is a Barefoot Contessa recipe. I just love the combination of pork and fennel.

Top Review by DancesInGarden

I used two tenderloins, and at 138 degrees after 15 minutes resting they were still way too rare for us. So I cooked them longer (to 160 degrees) and let them rest again. Other than that, the meat turned out tender and tasty. I might add some pepper to the coating next time. The veggies were FANTASTIC. I reduced them because only I eat that part, but next time I am adding it ALL. I reduced the oil and butter as well. The fennel was phenomenal. I rested the meat with the veggies, covered in foil. Then used the "drippings" that formed to make a quick pan sauce. Very good. Thanks for posting!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. With a mortar and pestle or in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, grind together the garlic, salt, and thyme leaves.
  3. Add the mustard and combine.
  4. Spread the mixture over the loin of pork and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cut the fennel bulbs into thick wedges, slicing through the core.
  6. Toss the fennel, carrots, potatoes, and onions in a bowl with the olive oil, melted butter, salt, and pepper.
  7. Transfer the vegetables to a large roasting pan and cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Add the pork to the pan and continue to cook for another 30 to 50 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the middle of the pork reads exactly 138 degrees.
  9. Remove the meat from the pan and return the vegetables to the oven to keep cooking.
  10. Cover the meat with aluminum foil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove the strings from the meat and slice it thickly.
  12. Arrange the meat and vegetables on a platter.
  13. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.

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