Pesto Pork Roast

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Preparation time: 30 mins
Cooking time: 1-1/2 hours plus standing

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 6-8 servings


•1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
•2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
•1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
•4 garlic cloves, peeled
•12 plum tomatoes
•1-1/2 teaspoons pepper, divided
•1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
•1 bone-in pork loin roast (4 to 5 pounds)
•1 package (16 ounces) egg noodles


•For pesto, in a blender, combine 1/4 cup oil, basil, cheese and garlic. Cover and process until blended. Remove 2 tablespoons pesto to a small bowl; stir in remaining oil and set aside.
• Cut each tomato into four slices; place in a greased shallow roasting pan. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle remaining pepper and salt over roast; place over tomato slices. Spread remaining pesto over roast.
• Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°.
• Remove roast and keep warm. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to package directions; drain and place in a large bowl. With a slotted spoon, add tomatoes to noodles; add reserved pesto and toss to coat. Serve with pork. Yield: 6-8 servings.


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