Italian Braised Pork with Fennel

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    2hrs 10mins
  • Serves icon
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based on 1 ratings

This simple pork dish is slow-cooked in the oven and served with a creamy sauce made using the braising liquid, so it's packed with meaty flavor.

recipe updated Jun 12, 2020


  • Pork loin icon
    Pork loin
    1 kg (about 13 ⅓)
  • Fennel bulb icon
    Fennel bulb
    1 (about 230 g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    3 (about 18 g)
  • Fennel seeds icon
    Fennel seeds
    1 tsp (about 2.05 g)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    3 tbsp (about 40.95 g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed
  • Milk icon
    1 L (about 1 kg)


  • kCook icon Frying pan
  • kCook icon Dutch oven

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 150°C
  2. Add olive oil and pork loin to a clean frying pan
  3. Season with salt & pepper
  4. Sear evenly in frying pan until browned
  5. Transfer content of frying pan to Dutch oven
  6. Add fennel bulb to the frying pan
  7. Fry gently in frying pan until softened - 5 min
  8. Transfer content of frying pan to Dutch oven
  9. Add garlic clove, fennel seeds and milk to the Dutch oven
  10. Season to taste and cover
  11. Cook until tender - 1 hr 30 min, 150°C
  12. Remove and reserve liquid
  13. Let rest - 20 min
  14. Cook in frying pan until thickened
  15. Serve
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