Sunday Supper: Fennel-Rubbed Pork Roast with Balsamic-Glazed Vegetables

Sunday Supper

Cooking projects for people who'd like nothing more than to spend a sunday afternoon surrounded by the wonderful aromas of the kitchen.


Pork loin rubbed with fennel makes an ideal companion for sticky, glazed balsamic vegetables. [Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

This roast pork loin is about as easy and flavorful as it gets. It's also a great way to feed your crew without a lot of fuss, since everything cooks in the same pan.

Getting the timing right on the vegetables and meat can be tricky, though. If your meat (or your vegetables, for that matter) finishes first, remove the item from the oven and tent it with foil to keep it warm. Just continue cooking the remainder while the finished fare waits.

Note: It's fine to use whole fennel seeds in equal measure in place of cracked fennel. Just toast it in a pan over medium heat until fragrant. Then, bash it up using a mortar and pestle.