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Pork Loin with Pesto

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Pork loin with pesto

Along with the usual harvesting of garden vegetables and herbs that I’ve been telling you about, I’ve been foraging for autumn’s wild edibles.

The autumn olive berries are ripe and perfect for jelly. I’m drying some in my dehydrator for granola, as well.

Add to the harvest wild fox grapes and spice bush berries and you’ve got some good eating.

Not only do these simple country pleasures allow for exercise, there’s a satisfaction in knowing I’m feeding my family with Mother Nature’s bounty.

Time goes by so quick when I’m in the woods or along fence rows.

That’s when the freezer comes in handy.

Like today, thawing pesto frozen earlier this year to smear on a pork loin roast. With a simple green salad and a side of rice with vermicelli noodles, supper was easy to make and very delicious.
Pork loin roast with pesto and pan sauce

Roast starts out with a high temperature of 475 and finishes on a low 250 degrees. This method helps keep pork loin juicy.


1 boneless pork loin roast, 2-3 pounds

Salt and pepper to taste

Pesto – up to 1/2 cup – I used almost 1/2 cup for a 2-1/2 pound roast

1 cup white wine or chicken broth or little more if needed


Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Pat pork dry and place in roasting pan. I leave the fat cap on, but you can pare a little off if you want.

Cut slits a good 1/2” or so down through the fat, about 1-1/2” long and 1” or so apart. Depending on the roast, you’ll make 2-3 rows with pockets for stuffing in pesto.

Season all over with salt and pepper, then stuff pesto into slits. It will look messy.

Spread remaining pesto on top.

Pour wine or broth around bottom.

Roast for 10 minutes, then turn temperature down to 250 degrees.

Continue to roast until internal temperature in middle reaches 140-145 degrees.

Mine took about 45 minutes. Start checking after 40 minutes.

Remove meat from pan, tent with foil and let rest while making sauce.

Put pan on burner over low heat, scrape up brown bits, adding a bit more liquid if necessary. After it comes to a gentle boil, swirl in 2-3 tablespoons or so butter or heavy cream. Taste and go from there.

You won’t get a lot of sauce, but enough to drizzle over each serving.

Easy pesto 

A variation of my classic freezer pesto.

No real recipe, just put 2 cups basil leaves in food processor with about 2 tablespoons pine nuts, walnuts or pumpkin seeds and 1 large clove garlic. If you have a handful of parsley, throw that in. Process until minced. With machine running, slowly pour in 1/2 cup olive oil.

Finish with a generous 1/2 cup Parmesan and blend. Taste and go from there, adding more of any ingredient.

Freeze up to 6 months.

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3 thoughts on “

  1. Good morning Rita,

    Enjoy listening to you and Ron Wilson on Saturday’s. I misplaced your article on how to save tomato seeds. I have a few tomatoes that would be ideal to save the seeds. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes, ideas and laughter on Ron’s radio program.

    Gerard from Milwaukee Wisconsin

    Hopefully this will get to your inbox.



    1. Hi, Gerard,
      First, thanks for listening. Ron and I go back a long way….Here’s how I ferment my tomato seeds:
      Squeeze the seeds out of the tomato and leave all the “gel” that sticks to them intact. Cover with an inch or so of water and place a piece of cheesecloth or a piece of net over the lid – this allows air to get into the jar and s tart the fermenting process. I put mine outside on the windowsill since the ferment gets stinky, but that’s a good thing. Soon you’ll see a whitish film covering the surface. Along with that, the bad seeds will have floated to the top. Pour off the top layer of water along with the whitish film and bad seeds. This may take several days or so depending upon the climate. Take the good seeds and pine them in a sieve under running water. Drain well and spread onto a paper towel to absorb any water. When they are completely dry, go ahead and store them in a cool, dark, dry place. Some folks use envelopes – I use a glass jar and leave it open for about a week just in case there’s a bit of moisture left that I wasn’t aware of. Then I put the lid on.


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