Photo: Beatriz Da Costa
Prep Time
15 Mins
Other Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Makes 4 servings

How to Make It

Heat oven to 400° F.

Using the bottom of a heavy pan, crush the fennel seeds.

In a small bowl, mix the seeds, the garlic, 2 tablespoons of the oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Rub the mixture over the pork, then place the pork in a large roasting pan.

In a bowl, mix the onions, potatoes, pears, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the remaining oil. Scatter around the pork and roast until cooked through, about 70 minutes (internal temperature 160° F). Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with the roasted produce.

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Ratings & Reviews

Zabella's Review

July 28, 2013
I have made this on several occasions and it always gets rave reviews. I love the simple flavor of crusty fennel on moist pork paired with the sweetness of onions and pears. I have also made this pork with roasted potatoes, carrots, and parsnips.

donnaandrez's Review

March 02, 2012
This was the most delicious pork recipe I have ever done. Hubby thought it was restaurant good! That made me smile. All the different ingredients made an explosion of flavor that was beyond description. Couldn't stop eating it!!!

Ruralcook's Review

February 15, 2012
Valentine Dinner with roasted asparagus and double tomato soup. The onions and the pears were tasty with the pan juices. Pork was flavorful, soft and cooked for 70 minutes.

scargosun's Review

January 31, 2012
Phenomenal! I have a new 'go to' to add to my list. The flavor is outstanding and it is so simple! I am going to have to incorporate pears and red onions in other roasts. It's a great flavor combo. This is a great weeknight item because you can put it in the oven and not worry about it at all. The only change I made was to cook it to 150 as recommended by other sites. While it rested the temp rose anyway. I find Real Simple recipes err on the side of caution for temps. Next time I might add another onion for those leftover sandwiches and wraps.

hchan1107's Review

October 26, 2011
I've made this dish multiple times and I am always surprised by how delicious it is. It's a satisfying, simple, one-dish meal that really delivers on flavor.

melissaw's Review

September 19, 2011
This recipe has been a staple in our house since the recipe came out. It's so easy to make and tastes great. We love it, kids and company love it, and any leftovers reheat well. Sometimes I use sweet potatoes instead of white when I want to boost the nutritional value, but the white potatoes generally work out better with the longer roasting time.

mountainwaters's Review

February 15, 2011
this recipe was phenomenal. the ingredients are simple, but the taste and quality are extremely satisfying. i made this for my boyfriend one evening while we watched movies: just cut everything up, seasoned and stuck in the roasting pan. when i opened the lid, the meat was perfectly juicy and the flavors of the pears, onions and fennel had mellowed out and complimented the meat fabulously. boyfriend could not stop praising, and we both ate WAY too much. needless to say, it's going to be a staple.

allisonjessee's Review

February 15, 2009
This was delicious and so easy! The pear and pork go together nicely. The fennel is a strong flavor, but is delicious. I cooked it for an hour and a half, and it was perfectly done, so I recommend allowing more than the 70 minutes called for in the recipe. Great dish!