Roasted Pork In Garlic Tomato Sauce is an easy dinner and one of the most delicious recipes. This roasted pork is tender, juicy, aromatic, and very inviting. It is also made in no time.
Also a favorite on the Christmas table, this roasted pork in garlic tomato sauce sits proudly next to Stuffed Cabbage Rolls(Sarmale), Vegetables Beef Salad(Salata De Boeuf), Romanian Meatballs Sour Soup(Ciorba De Perisoare), and the Romanian version of Panettone called Cozonac.
You cannot go wrong with these dishes for any holiday.
- Pork slices- about 1 inch thick
- Garlic- I encourage you to use garlic cloves and not garlic powder in this dish.
- Vegetable oil
- Tomato puree- or crushed tomatoes
- Dried thyme
- Bay leaves
How to make this roasted pork in garlic tomato sauce:
Preferred cuts of pork:
The traditional cut of pork for this dish is usually the pork shoulder. If you prefer a less fatty pork cut, use pork tenderloin or boneless pork loin and slice it into about one-inch thick pieces.
I used the boneless pork loin this time because it is wildely available where I live and cheaper, especially when you buy the whole cut and slice it yourself.
Step 1. Preheat the oven.
While you prepare the pork and the tomato sauce, the oven is heating up.
Step 2. Prepare the meat.
Season each slice with salt and pepper and place them in a roasting pan large enough to accommodate all of them in one layer. (I used a large pan)
Make sure you use a roasting pan big enough to accommodate all slices of meat in one layer. The tomato and garlic sauce will cover the meat pieces during baking.
Step 3. Make the sauce and pour it over the meat.
Start by crushing the garlic. In a measuring cup, place the crushed garlic and a little salt over and mix well.
Add oil and constantly stir until you obtain an emulsified paste. Pour over the tomato sauce, and add the dried thyme and water.
Combine everything well, taste for salt and pepper, and pour the liquid over the meat. Add a few bay leaves.
You can use canned crushed tomatoes or tomato puree. The idea is to have enough liquid to cover the meat and enough tomatoes to obtain a relatively thick sauce to coat the pork slices.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. Uncover the roasting pan and bake for another 15 minutes.
The meat should be tender and cooked through. From my own experience, an hour is more than enough for the pork to become tender, but keep in mind that you have to increase the baking time if the pork slices are thicker.
Anyway, look at this beauty, isn't that wonderful?
I have no doubts that you will fall in love with this dish.
It takes about 5 minutes to put the recipe together and an hour and fifteen minutes to roast the meat.
Then, it is absolutely delicious. I always said that the simplest ingredients make the best food.
And finally, it is a dish that looks good on the table. You can make it for fancy occasions, but you can also have it for dinner any day of the week.
Leftovers are good too. I think the next day this dish tastes better because the ingredients get friendly with each other. However, good luck hoping for leftovers!
While the meat is in the oven, boil some potatoes and mash them. The combination of pork in garlic tomato sauce and mashed potatoes is divine.
You also need some good rustic bread if you prefer it without potatoes. Dipping some bread in that sauce is everything you need for a comforting and satisfying meal.
A glass of dry red wine would nicely complement the meal and make it perfect.
This pork dish is a good option for the entire family. Children usually like it too, especially if you serve it with mashed potatoes. It is for sure a comforting and delicious dish.
Suggestions for other pork recipes:
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Roasted Pork In Garlic Tomato Sauce- An Easy Dinner
- 2.2 pounds pork shoulder or pork tenderloin sliced in about one inch thick pieces
- ½ medium garlic head (about 4-5 garlic cloves peeled and crushed)
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cups tomato puree or crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 bay leaves optional
- Preheat oven to 400F/200C.
- Slice the pork into one inch thick pieces. Season each slice with salt and pepper and place them in a roasting pan large enough to accommodate all of them in one layer. (I used a 9x13inches)
- In a measuring cup, add the crushed garlic and a pinch of salt. Add oil, spoon by spoon, stirring continuously until you obtain an emulsified paste.
- Add the tomato puree, dried thyme, and water.
- Stir and taste for salt and pepper.
- Pour the tomato sauce over the meat and make sure the pork slices are completely covered in sauce. Add the bay leaves.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake it at 400F for about 45 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking the meat for another 15 minutes.
- Serve it with mashed potatoes, French Fries, salad, rustic bread for dipping in the sauce, and pickles.