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How to Cook a Pork Loin Roast - An Easy After Work Meal!

Updated on February 10, 2010

Although enjoying a nice pork roast as an after work meal sounds like something from a bygone era – very 1950’s – roast meat dinners are actually some of the easiest and least labor intensive of meals.

A roast is actually a very sensible after work solution, especially when you’re talking about a smaller piece of meat - say 2 pounds-ish. Heat up the oven and let the meat cook for an hour or so, leaving you about a half hour to unwind after a hard day – and another leisurely half hour to make up a salad or a side for the great tasting dinner to come.

Here are some basic instructions for preparing a small pork loin roast. This size, about 2 pounds, is perfect for a family of four and it’s small enough to cook quickly when you don’t have all afternoon to wait in anticipation. Once you get the hang of the very basic steps involved, you can experiment with stuffings, gravies, sauces and other embellishments.

Although the preparation for this is very simple, you do need to be attentive at the end and get it out of the oven at about 140 degrees. This is a simple and satisfying meal that is ruined only if you overcook it. To do this dish properly, you really need an instant read thermometer – something every home cook should have!

Basic (but very tasty) Pork Loin Roast

  • 2 lb pork loin
  • Salt and pepper
  • A little vegetable oil for searing
  1. Pre heat the oven to 325
  2. Sprinkle the roast with salt and freshly ground black pepper all over it
  3. Heat a heavy skillet or fry pan over medium high, and add a Tbls or 2 of vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, place the roast in and sear it until it is well browned. Once browned, flip the roast and repeat, turning until all sides are a rich brown color. This first step is very important, so take your time on it and plan to spend about 10 minutes coloring up the meat.
  4. Once the roast has been seared and the oven is preheated, transfer the meat to a small baking dish or roasting pan and transfer into the oven. Check the roast after about 40 minutes and if the internal temperature at the thickest point has reached 140, remove from the oven (the meat will continue to cook for another 10 minutes or so once removed).
  5. Let the meat rest, covered in foil for 15 minutes, and then enjoy!

To complete this very easy meal, open up a jar of applesauce and some good mustards to serve on the side.

Delicious and perfectly simple.

Once You Get the Hang of It - You Can Get Fancier - Like This Stuffed Roast!


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      Jane@CM 7 years ago

      I love pork roast and you hit it on the spot, they are easier than many believe to cook up. Throw in potatoes to bake at the same time & steam fresh veggies in the microwave and you have a satisfying healthy meal! Great hub!

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      John D Lee 7 years ago

      Thank you - and potatoes in the oven as you suggest really does make this as easy after work meal!

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Sounds great - your Hubs are all hunger producing. I'm a fan.

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      DavidLivingston 6 years ago

      Makes me crave. Thanks!

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