Italian Pork Roast (Healthy, Low Calorie)

A lean, healthy pork loin stuffed with Italian spices like fennel and garlic. Rolled and roasted to perfection. Italian Pork Roast looks fancy but is easy and perfect for a dinner party or special occasion.
Italian Pork Roast. Perfect for Easter or a special occasion. Plus there is a video to show me how to make it

Have you ever talked to the butcher at your local grocery store or a local butcher shop? For a long time, I was so intimidated to talk to the butcher at my local grocery store. Finally I broke through my shyness and asked for a cut of meat I was looking for. The man seemed so excited that someone asked him to do something. I had to laugh at myself. I can make such a big deal out of the smallest things when this man was so happy and eager to help me. I’ve never been intimated since.

Now I feel even luckier, because I have found a local butcher shop I love. Yup, I think finding a butcher is lucky. I always laugh with my husband that we never have the luck to win the lottery, but we are lucky in small things like finding a great butcher. Now this butcher seriously loves to talk about meat. Do I ever love to go and talk to them about their work? Yes, I do. Weird? Maybe.
Perfect for Easter or a special occasion. Plus there is a video to show me how to make it

Anyway, I’ve been slowly trying to work my way through all their different cuts of meat. I picked up a gorgeous pork loin last time I was there. It was the perfect specimen to remake this Italian Pork Roast and hopefully get better pictures. Taking photos is not quite as tortuous as it first was for me. Man, were my first pictures bad. I really hope you can see an improvement. I’ve got my fingers and toes crossed that you can.

I’ve even branched out to videos. That is huge for me. You see, my shyness even affects what I do on the blog. I analyze every single email I send for the correct wording, even it if is a simple “thank you” email. When I write a blog post, I try to type whatever comes into my mind without censoring myself too much. It has helped bring me out of my shell a little.

So if this recipe looks a little daunting to you, don’t let it scare you off. Cutting the pork loin is actually very easy. Check out the video below and I show you how to do it. You don’t have to cut it perfectly. You will be so proud of your creation and delicious dinner.

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Italian Pork Roast

Course Main Dish, Pork
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 9 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 167 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 2 tbsp fennel seed
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 1/2 lb pork loin
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken stock


  1. Put spices in grinder and grind into a puree
  2. Put pork on a cutting board with short end closest to you
  3. To butterfly the pork, Using a very sharp knife, place the knife 1/3 the way from the bottom on the long side of the pork. Cut the pork trying to stay level all the way but 1/2 inch through the pork.
  4. Turn the cutting board around and cut into another 1/3 again leaving a 1/2 inch from the end of the pork.
  5. Place a piece of wax paper over the pork and using a mallet hit the pork to make it a uniform height.
  6. Smear the spice paste all over the top of the pork.
  7. Roll up the pork. Using twine, tie 4 circles around the diameter of the pork, about every inch or so. Tie another circle around the pork lengthwise.
  8. Cover pork with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
  9. Preheat oven to 375•.
  10. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. When pot is very hot add oil.
  11. Brown on all 4 sides, about 4 minutes per side. You want a good crust.
  12. Put lid on and bake for about 1 hour, internal temperature should be 145.
  13. Place pork on a clean cutting board and cover with foil.
  14. Place Dutch oven on the stove over medium heat.
  15. Pour in wine to deglaze the pot. Scrape off any browned bits on the bottom. Stir well. Let boil for a minute or so.
  16. Add chicken broth ad heat through. Serve with pork.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 3 Weight Watcher smart points

Nutrition Facts
Italian Pork Roast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 26g 52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Happy Healthy Eating,


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Perfect for Easter or a special occasion. Plus there is a video to show me how to make it


  1. I just love the way roulades look. This is a winner.
  2. I enjoy talking to my butchers at Kroger. I used to buy my ground meat in the "rolls" and chicken already packaged too - but now I buy every single kind of meat from the counter. I really like that you showed the photos and have a video for how to slice the pork before rolling. Great recipe!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Love that you talk to your butcher. I am sure they love it too. Thank you for your kind comments.
  3. Here in Germany I always visit my butcher - they just know what one wants. I lveo being able to ask them for special cuts and to prepare a certain cut in a specific way. Pork roasts are very popular here too and I love this!
  4. We are trying to add more healthier meals into our rotation. I have been looking at roll recipes such as this one.. I appreciate you sharing this. Pinned!
  5. Roast reminds me of home! It is always too much to cook for one so maybe I will have to invite a bunch of friends over. This looks so good!
  6. This looks great. I especially liked how you had the slide showing how you cut it and rolled it. This would be thoroughly enjoyed at my house.
  7. We love a good pork roast--especially for holiday meals. The ribbon of spice swirlong through this roast is sure to carry the flavor through.
  8. I didn't grow up eating pork roast so as an adult I don't think to make it. But I love the taste and this roulade looks so special, I must try it.
  9. I LOVE the look of this roast pork. I love stuffing them because it adds so much flavor!
  10. This is totally the kind of dinner my husband wishes I made more often :D Can't wait to try it!
  11. This is a beautiful recipe, Christie. I love how you showed how to slice the meat to add the spices, it looks so easy to do.
  12. I love pork loin, and I love that it is so versatile just like this great recipe showcases. It's lean, flavorful, and such a great dish for either a weeknight or for company. Yum!
  13. This would be so perfect when entertaining! I love how special roulades look when you serve them up!
  14. Hi Christie, this would be a great contribution to Food on Friday: Birthday Food over at Carole's Chatter. Please do bring it over to join in the Birthday fun. Cheers
  15. This sounds like it's packed full of flavor! Must try!
  16. Erica Schwarz says
    Roulade is always impressing, especially juicy like yours!
  17. This is a beautiful pork loin roast! And I am loving the Italian flavors. :)
  18. Sounds fantastic, this will be Sunday's dinner I have a similar Portuguese recipe but it's only a wet rub/marinade. The roulade looks so much tastier and I'm sure it is Keep you posted


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