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Garlic-herb roasted pork loin

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
1 hr 18 min
18 min
1 hr
Lean pork loin is infused with rosemary, thyme and garlic in this wonderful holiday entree. Garnish a serving platter with fresh herb sprigs and cranberries. Add your own flavor-spin to the pear-applesauce with a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg and/or allspice. Pork loin differs from pork tenderloin in that pork tenderloin is thin and small and pork loin is much larger. Pork loin lends itself to slower cooking, such as in this recipe. Because of their different sizes, they can't be substituted for each other in recipes. Serve this dish with roasted potatoes and asparagus. This versatile dish works for weeknight dinners or entertaining.


Uncooked lean trimmed pork loin

3 pound(s), use 1 whole 3 lb boneless roast

Garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), cut into thin slivers


2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

Fresh thyme

2 Tbsp, fresh, chopped

Olive oil

1 Tbsp

Table salt

1 tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp, freshly ground

Unsweetened applesauce

2 cup(s)


2 medium, ripe, peeled, cored and diced


¼ cup(s), fresh, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. With a small knife, poke about 24 slits into pork; insert garlic slivers into slits.
  2. In small bowl, combine rosemary, thyme, oil, salt and pepper; rub mixture all over pork, pushing some of mixture into slits.
  3. Line a large roasting pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil (for easy clean-up). Place pork on a rack in prepared pan; roast, uncovered, until a meat thermometer inserted in center of pork registers 160ºF, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine applesauce, pears and chives.
  5. Transfer pork to a cutting board and let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Slice pork and arrange on a serving platter; spoon any pan drippings over pork. Serve applesauce in a small bowl on the side. Yields about 3 ounces of pork and 1/4 cup of pear-applesauce per serving.