Braised Pork Roast with Fennel, Leeks, and Vermouth

If vermouth isn't handy, substitute dry white wine. Leeks provide subtle savoriness, though you can use onions instead.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 1/2 cup sauce)
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 290
  • Calories from fat: 32%
  • Fat: 10.4g
  • Saturated fat: 3.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g
  • Protein: 27.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 16.2g
  • Fiber: 3.2g
  • Cholesterol: 67mg
  • Iron: 2.5mg
  • Sodium: 499mg
  • Calcium: 77mg


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 cups sliced leek (about 2 large)
  • 2 cups sliced fennel bulb (about 2 large)
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth


  1. Dredge pork in flour, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add pork, and cook for 8 minutes, browning on all sides. Remove from pan.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon fennel seeds to pan, and cook for 30 seconds. Add leek and sliced fennel. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 10 minutes or until tender. Add vermouth, and cook for 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates. Return pork to pan. Add broth, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 45 minutes or until pork is tender. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Thinly slice pork.
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