Pesto Pork from Coombe Cuisine

Posted on June 5th, 2012

Inspired by the weather and twitter!

This recipe is one I experimented with last month. I had been tweeting with  who blogs at Dad’s Cooking Tonight, wondering what to do with my leg of pork as the weather was far too lovely for the roast I had planned. He mentioned he had Pesto Pork in his slow cooker for his family. Not a combination I would have naturally put together but it seemed to match the mood of the day so having found a jar of pesto sauce in the cupboard an idea for a recipe began to evolve:


Leg of Pork, boned and cubed

Fresh or dried herbs: oregano, rosemary, bay leaf

Onions: chopped

Ingredients for Pesto Pork

Mushrooms: sliced

Yellow pepper: seeded and sliced 

2 tablespoons of Pesto sauce from a jar

2 cloves of garlic

Plain flour

Pear Cider

Tin of evaporated milk

Chicken stock cubes

1/2 Fresh lemon squeezed

Olive oil

Black pepper


Step 1

Shallow fry the pork in a large pan with a little olive oil to seal for about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle in a couple of tablespoons of plain flour and chicken stock cubes. Coat the meat and stir for a further minute till it just begins to stick to the pan.

Add the pear cider and about 1/2 can of the evaporated milk, stirring to incorporate all the sticky bits from the flour on the base of the pan.

Add the herbs to taste and pesto sauce and continue to fry over a medium heat. for 3 – 5 minutes.

Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and reduce the heat to simmer.

Sealing the porkSprinkle in flourAdding Pear Cider

Step 2

Meanwhile, Fry the onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 4 minutes till wilted. Add to the casserole with the sliced yellow pepper.  If the sauce thickens too much let is down with the cider or more of the tin of evaporated milk.

Pesto Pork ready for the oven

Cover and place in a medium oven for 1 hour or better still a low oven for 2 hours.


Pesto Pork out of the oven


I served ours with mini garlic roast potatoes and green vegetables, but it would have worked equally well with rice, or for one of our shop frozen meals I think I would use saute potatoes or couscous as I don’t like to freeze cooked rice.


Pesto Pork  for dinner 

The meal had the thumbs up from my family and will be added to the list of favourite pork dishes. Thanks to Andy for the inspiration! 


 Family Dinner with Pesto Pork

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