Low-Maintenance Pork Roast

Pork loin
Roasted pork loin. Jennifer Levy/Photodisc/Getty Images
  • Total: 2 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 1 pork loin (8 to 10 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
415 Calories
25g Fat
1g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 pork loin (8 to 10 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 415
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 8g 41%
Cholesterol 138mg 46%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 43g
Calcium 40mg 3%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This super simple recipe for Regina's pork roast uses herbs to add wonderful flavor to a tender cut. 

The USDA decided a few years ago that pork can be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 F; it no longer has to be cooked to well done for food safety reasons. That means the meat will be juicier and more tender.

Serve this classic, old-fashioned recipe with some mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables such as asparagus or green beans, a fruit salad, and an apple pie for dessert.


  • 1 (3 1/2 to 4 pound) boneless pork loin roast
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.

  2. Place the roast in a shallow roasting pan. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, thyme, marjoram, garlic, dry mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix to make a paste. Rub this mixture over the roast. Let the pork stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  3. Roast the pork for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300 F without opening the oven door.

  4. Roast the pork until the internal temperature registers 145 F, about 18 to 23 minutes per pound. Let roast stand, covered, 5 to 10 minutes before carving.

  5. You can also roast the pork at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes per pound until the internal temperature registers 145 F. Cover the roast with aluminum foil and let stand for 10 minutes, then carve to serve.