Italian Pork Roast


Bring back the Sunday roast! This pork shoulder roast recipe is boldly flavored with lots of seasonings and leftovers can be repurposed in a pasta dish, in a calzone or sandwich, or on top of salad or pizzas.

Italian Pork Roast
Photo: Blaine Moats
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 50 mins
11 cups shredded pork mixture


  • 1 4-5 pound boneless pork shoulder roast

  • 2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

  • 2 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed

  • 2 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

  • 2 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • 2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 pound cherry tomatoes

  • 1 8 ounce package sliced fresh cremini or button mushrooms

  • 2 cup chopped yellow onion

  • ½ cup dry red wine or beef broth

  • ½ 6 ounce can tomato paste (1/3 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place roast, fat side up, in a 6- to 8-quart Dutch oven. In a small bowl stir together Italian seasoning, rosemary, garlic, fennel seeds, black pepper, salt, and the crushed red pepper. Rub all over pork.

  2. Roast, covered, 3 1/2 hours. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, and onion. Whisk together wine and tomato paste. Pour over pork and tomato mixture. Roast, uncovered, 1 hour more or until tender and a thermometer inserted in meat registers at least 190°F.

  3. Remove and shred meat. Return meat to pot. Stir to coat. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 4 days or freezer up to 3 months. Makes 11 cups.

Slow Cooker Variation:

Prepare as directed, except place meat in a 6- to 7-qt. slow cooker. Cover; cook on low 8 to 10 hours. Add tomatoes, mushrooms, onion, and wine mixture. (Cooker will be full.) Cover. Increase heat to high. Cook 1 hour more. Continue as directed.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

131 Calories
3g Fat
5g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 11
Calories 131
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 238mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 8.1mg 41%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1.2mg 7%
Potassium 527mg 11%
Folate, total 13mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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