Are you looking for a super quick and easy recipe for Valentine’s Day?  This one takes under an hour and tastes like it took ten.  It will perfume your house with the magical scents of garlic and rosemary.  The perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day.

MMM Pork Tenderloin

Roasted Pork Loin – (From Bon Appetit, June 1999)

  • 4 large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 4 tsp chopped fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 to 3 pound boneless pork loin roast, well trimmed

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Line a 13×9 pan with aluminum foil. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl to a make a paste.

Paste Ingredients

Rinse the pork loin and dry it off with a couple paper towels.

3.5 pound pork loin

Rub garlic paste all over pork.

Rub the paste all over the loin

Place pork, fat side down, in prepared roasting pan. Roast pork 30 minutes.

Turn roast fat side up. Roast until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 155°F., about 25 minutes longer for a 2.5 pound roast and roughly 5 minutes for every half pound more.  Remove from oven; cover with aluminum foil and let stand 10 minutes.

Roasted Pork Loin

Pour any juices from roasting pan into small saucepan; set over low heat to keep warm.

Cut pork crosswise into 1/3-1/2 inch-thick slices. Arrange pork slices on platter. Pour pan juices over.

Sliced pork loin

Serve with your favorite sides.

Serve with your favorite sides

This was a super quick and easy dish.  Took less than an hour and perfumed the house with a fabulous aroma.  The perfect start to any Valentine’s Day.

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  1. Pork loin roasts are fabulous because you can use so many flavor combinations like this one. Nice one, Rex.

  2. SaucyShannon Reply

    5 stars
    I have used a recipe similar to this for many years. My addition was bacon strips across the top of the roast and a raft of cross weave bacon on the bottom. Keeps the meat moist and prevents burning due to high cooking temp. I use 425 F for 45 – 50 minutes. Meat thermometer @150-155. Never fails to come out juicy gender and tasty!

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