Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

Absolutely the best pork loin recipe I’ve ever made! This Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy is cooked with wine, garlic and herbs, then sliced thin with a beautiful gravy. This pork is easy enough for any night, but also a company worthy dinner dish!

Let’s face it. We all need a break from chicken once in a while. So I think pork. It’s the other white meat. But pork, true … is sometimes a little boring. Well not any more! If you’re not one already, this dish will turn you into a pork lover. I guarantee it. It’s the best pork loin recipe!

But first, a little pork cut refresher …

What is the difference between a pork loin and a pork tenderloin?

Most people are familiar with pork tenderloin. It’s the small, long, thin and boneless cut of pork that’s popular for it’s quick cooking and a lovely tender meat. Pork tenderloins come from the side of the animal.

A pork loin is different from a pork tenderloin. While it shares the “loin” name, it is a completely different cut and comes from a different part of the animal – the back. Pork loins are larger and thicker. Pork loins are roasts, intended to be be cooked low and slow. Because the loin (back) area is large, there are several different loin cuts that you will find at the grocery or butcher, depending if the roast is cut from the end or the center.

Probably the easiest way to understand the difference is to think of pork the same way you think of beef. Pork tenderloin is equivalent to beef tenderloin – small, tender and meant to be cooked hot and fast. Pork loin roasts are like beef roasts. There are a number of types of roasts, depending on where the cut is from and which one you use will depend on what you are making.

This dish is best suited for a Pork Loin roast.

Can I make this with a pork tenderloin?

Pork tenderloin will cook much more quickly (probably in about 30 minutes) and to be honest, you will kind of not get the full flavour experience with that short a cooking time, If you prefer to make this with a pork tenderloin, get the biggest pork tenderloin you can find.

Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

I made this with a small, center cut pork loin roast. Look for a pork loin roast that is labeled “center cut”. It is lovely solid, tender meat, with little to no fat in the meat itself. Think of it as the equivalent to a sirloin beef roast. It’s a nice cut when you want a solid, tender slice of pork. Look for one with a little bit of a fat cap (1/2-inch or so) is nice, if you can find that, as it will keep the meat moist and add great flavour to the gravy.

There’s also fresh herbs and while I’m usually flexible with swapping out dried herbs for fresh, this is one recipe where you really want to use fresh. When you smell it cooking, you’ll understand why. Heavenly! And there’s no way that dried herbs can compete with that. It’s worth it just for the smell while it’s cooking, but the way they flavour the meat and the finished gravy is one of the nicest parts of this recipe.

Featured Review: I absolutely agree with your very first comment on this recipe ….this truly is the best pork loin recipe I have ever made. I am cooking it for the second time tonight for dinner. I have an overwhelming desire to make tons of extra sauce and put it on everything. Thanks so much! Alex

Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

Cook’s Notes for Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

I know some people don’t have, drink or cook with wine. If that describes you, this may not be the recipe for you. It has a lot of wine in it and it’s so critical to the flavour, I honestly can’t think of a suitable substitute. This one is all about the wine and fresh herbs.

As for the wine, use a decent one (maybe not the part-bottle that’s been at the back of the fridge for a few weeks and yes, I’ve been guilty of doing that ;) Crack open a fresh bottle, one you love to drink. My son, after tasting this dish, thought a California chardonnay would be a perfect choice. Since he’s the budding sommelier in the family, I’d take that as a solid recommendation, if you don’t already have a favourite white wine you’d like to use.

So now that I’ve said all that, I guess it’s obvious that this isn’t a quick, weeknight meal. That said, it’s not a huge time investment either. It does require peeking at it a few times as it cooks on the stove-top, but other than that, it’s an easy one-pot meal. It’s perfect for a weekend dinner or entertaining.

As for what to serve with it, creamy mashed potatoes would be nice or buttered noodles. I’m tempted to try it with gnocchi too, for some reason. Or forgo the carbs and just enjoy it with a nice green veg.

Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

Pork Loin with Wine and Herb Gravy

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pork loin recipe for entertaining, pork loin with gravy, recipe for pork loin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Energy: 303 kcal
Author: Jennifer
Pork loin (or tenderloins) cooked on the stove-top with wine and herbs, then sliced and served with a delicious, lightly creamy gravy. If using a pork loin roast, look for one with a little bit of fat. For pork tenderloins, be sure to trim the silverskin before cooking.
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves roughly chopped
  • 2 lb center cut, boneless pork loin roast *see notes
  • 1 1/4 cups dry white wine (plus a bit more to deglaze pan)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or a lighter cream mixed with 2 tsp. cornstarch)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven (or similar, heavy-bottomed pan) over medium-high heat.  Saute the pork for about 5 minutes on each side, then remove it to a plate. In the same pan over medium heat, saute the garlic, rosemary and sage, stirring, for about one minute.  Add the wine to the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan. Cook the wine until the smell of the alcohol has disappeared, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  2. Lower the heat under the pan to low-medium heat. Return the pork to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Partially cover with a lid and cook for about 1 1/2 hours (considerably less if you're using pork tenderloins instead. Rely on a thermometer to check for doneness), flipping the pork and scraping the bottom of the pan every 20 minutes or so. Keep an eye on it, making sure there continues to be some liquid in the pan. Add 1/4 cup of warm water if necessary.

  3. When the pork is cooked through (ideally, you want to test with a thermometer, it should be about 140°F internal temperature.) Remove pork to a cutting board to rest and cover with loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil to help retain the heat while it rests. 

  4. Meanwhile, increase the heat under the liquid in the pan to medium. If your pan has little liquid, deglaze with a splash of white wine. Stir well to loosen the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Allow to cook until the alcohol smell disappears (about 1-2 minutes). Add the chicken stock and stir to combine. Heat over medium heat a few minutes, to allow the chicken stock to heat through a bit. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the cream. Heat gently over medium-low heat, stirring the sauce constantly, until it thickens a bit and is warmed through. Avoid vigorously boiling. A gentle simmer is fine. (*If your sauce doesn't thicken up, mix 2 Tbsp. cornstarch with 2 Tbsp. water and add a bit at a time to your sauce until it thickens to your liking.) Taste sauce and add salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

  5. When the sauce is ready, slice the pork very thinly and place on to a serving platter. Pour the warm gravy over-top to serve.

Recipe Notes

Note that this recipe is best made with a pork loin roast, not a pork tenderloin. Pork tenderloins are considerably thinner and cook much more quickly. As such, you won't get the benefit of the low and slow cooking or the flavours that comes from cooking a larger roast.

Be sure to read the "Cook's Notes" in the original post, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!

 

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380 Comments



  • I am trying it now with some sliced onions in the pan and a little Dijon on the pork…. It smells delicious! Served with roasted cauliflower with garlic and paprika to enjoy with the rest of the gravy.

  • Wow! This has to be one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. I mean lick your plate good. So easy and so wow! Thanks for this. Incredible.

  • Beautiful, simple recipe. Thank you! It was delicious and made the house smell incredible. Will definitely be making this again.

    • Hi Cody. Yes I would double all so you will be sure to have enough sauce for all the meat. Obviously cooking time is probably longer as well.

  • Hi! When placing the loin in the dutch oven, must it lay in a single layer in the pan, or if making a large amount, can you layer one loin on top of another?

    • Hi Denise. They should lay flat, because of the way this is cooked. All the cooking action comes from the bottom, pretty much. If you’re cooking a lot, you could either cut the loins in half so they might lay flat, or do it in two batches.

  • Hi Jennifer! This recipe looks amazing and I am planning to make it for Christmas dinner for 5 people. Can this recipe be made a day ahead and re-heated? I can tell that it will be fabulous! Thanks much!

    Sharon

    • Hi Sharon. Making ahead is not completely ideal, but I certainly understand your desire not to be cooking on Christmas Day :) So … if I were doing it, I’d simply undercook the meat slightly, so that when it is re-heated, it isn’t too dry/over-cooked. Keep the meat whole until just before re-heating, then slice and re-heat on serving platter. Other than that, it should be fine. Enjoy!

  • Hi Jennifer,

    Made this tonight with 2, 1 lb pork tenderloins. I went with an hour and I totally dried it out :( Any suggestions for cooking time? The flavor was still GREAT though. I added 2 small shallots and a package of mushrooms which really added depth to the flavor.

    I love your recipes! Keep posting more for me to try :)

    • Hi Audrey and thanks :) As for your pork tenderloin, an hour is undoubtedly way too long for pork tenderloin, especially small ones. The recipe is written for a pork loin roast, which is much shorter and thicker (3 or 4 inches thick). Pork tenderloin is long and thin. The cooking time was probably 25-30 minutes, at most. If you haven’t got one, I’d highly recommend investing in a meat thermometer. It has saved me more times with meat. When I’m unsure of cooking time, I just check the temperature to gauge cooking progress. For the pork tenderloin, you’d cook it to about 145-150° F. internal temperature

  • This looks really good. I am thinking of making this for Thanksgiving dinner in lieu of Turkey. I was wondering if you have ever tried to do this in a crockpot. It would be so awesome to let it be for 6-8 hours while I prepare everything else. Have you tried this? or have any other bloggers done it this way with success?
    Do you think it would turn out as good? thanks

    • Hi Ame. I would not cook this in a crock pot. It is a completely different cooking method and will produce a completely different end result (think pot roast vs. roast beef) I can tell you though that this cooks relatively unattended, so still pretty hands off as written :)

  • Jennifer, this was absolutely delightful! It was a recipe that pushed me out of my ‘safe’ zone, but with great reward. The garlic, herbs, oil and pork cooking warmed the house and our taste buds to no end! The tenderloin was moist and flavorful with the gravy…thank you so much.
    P.S. I also made your chicken pot pie soup last week, very good!

    • Thanks Jennifer and you picked a great one to try to push you out of your safe zone (great reward is always good :) Glad you enjoyed the soup, too!

  • This smelled phenomenal while cooking and tasted amazing! What a wonderful use of my fresh herbs for an autumnal treat on a chilly evening. This will be a keeper for sure, and with just two dining, I am so looking forward to lunch tomorrow. Will be looking for more of your culinary treasures Jennifer! Thank you!!

  • Jennifer,
    I made this last night for our Surprise Dinner night with friends. We have to make something new and cannot improvise. Needless to say your Pork Loin with Wine and Herbs was a huge hit! Did not make any changes and it turned out perfectly. Thank you.
    Joan

  • What an amazing recipe! I’ve been looking for that exact dutch oven, may I ask where you got it or what brand it is? Thanks so much!

  • My mouth is watering. I’ve just pinned about 5 of your recipes and I can’t wait to try them all. The best part is that you don’t seem to unnecessarily add flour. You use cornstarch to thicken and I would just substitute with tapioca to be grain-free. When my daughter is home from school, I would also sub out the cream for coconut milk to make them dairy-free for her.

    Your recipes are beautiful.
    Thank you.
    Teresa

  • My fiancé and I cooked this last night – wowzer! It was gorgeous! SO flavorsome. We swapped the cream for low fat Greek yoghurt and put a scoop of English mustard in the mashed potato. Coupled with purple sprouting broccoli and sugar snap peas: perfect. Thank you so much for the recipe :)

  • I made this in the crockpot today! Put it on a bed of onions for 8 hours on low. Added the cream and some cornstarch in a pot after the fact. Was delicious! Thank you!!

  • Am cooking this up as I type! I got a rolled loin of pork by accident, but will take the crackling off, slice the meat and then put the sauce over it in a dish! Am sure it will work a treat. Have been looking forward to making this ever since seeing it on Pinterest! Slurp!

  • Made this last night and it turned out very good. I didn’t have any fresh sage and had to sauteed the sliced pork to speed up cooking (because I started it too late…my fault) but the sauce was fantastic. I served it over quinoa. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hi Tiffany, This works well for feeding a group, as the resting time for the pork provides some flexibility. I made it for a dinner party a while back. I just used a larger pork and cooked longer. Served it with creamy mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.

  • I made this last night and served over wild rice…it was wonderful! I’m not a great cook, but was proud of myself on this one! This is a keeper! Thanks for an amazing recipe that a novice can handle!

I love hearing from you, so if you have a question or something isn't quite clear, I'm happy to help. If you made this recipe, I'd love to know how you liked it ~ Jennifer

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