Prosciutto-Wrapped Roasted Pork Loin

I’m always a fan of the combination of taste and simplicity, especially these days when my schedule does not allow for extended adventures in the kitchen. ¬†This dish was a snap to make, and tons of flavor. The oregano and prosciutto combine beautifully and seep into the roast.

a boneless pork loin
enough imported prosciutto to wrap the loin
oregano (fresh or dried)
ground pepper

Pre-heat the oven at 350F. Sprinkle the loin liberally with freshly ground pepper and fresh or dried oregano. Because the prosciutto has so much salt, I would argue not adding any salt at this point.

Wrap the loin in prosciutto, overlapping each layer. Do not use cheap domestic (US) prosciutto — it has weak flavor and your results will be boring.

Roast the loin in the oven — it can take 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the loin. Remove the loin when an instant-read thermometer shows 135 degrees. Loosely cover in foil and let rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve. Taste and only add salt at this point if you think it is needed.

We served this with a nice green salad, roasted brussel sprouts, and a hearty Italian wine.

  • Laurence Constable

    Making this tomorrow night for friends visiting for New Years!

    • how did it turn out?

      • Laurence Constable

        So well that I’m making it AGAIN tonight!

        • awesome! I also had pork tonight — and decided it was worth adding to the stack here!

  • Lcballard

    Can I use tenderloin? 

    • yes I would think so. I would use a very light hand on any salt just to make sure that, with the smaller piece of meat, it doesn’t get over-salted because the prosciutto itself already has so much. I also like to use instant read thermometers (on the thickest portion) when cooking pork tenderloins to see when they are done, usually checking after 30 minutes.

      The only thing I might add is that with the shorter cooking time, the prosciutto might not crisp up as much so a few seconds under a broiler at the very last minute might help there.