Italian Pork with Sweet Potatoes


A fennel seed rub coats this pork with extraordinary licorice-like flavor, while the golden-orange potatoes add just the right amount of sweetness.

Italian Pork Sweet Potatoes
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 1.5-2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • Italian (flat-leaf) parsley sprigs (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, combine fennel seeds, garlic powder, oregano, paprika, salt, and pepper. Trim fat from meat. Sprinkle fennel seed mixture evenly over meat; rub in with your fingers. If necessary, cut meat to fit into a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker.

  2. Place sweet potatoes in cooker. Add meat. Pour broth over meat mixture in cooker.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  4. Remove meat from cooker, reserving cooking juices. Slice or shred meat. Serve meat with sweet potatoes. If desired, garnish with sprigs of parsley.

For Easy Cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.


Round out this meat and potatoes recipe with a side dish of fresh steamed broccoli or green beans.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
10g Fat
24g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 490mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 4.1mg 21%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 982mg 21%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*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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