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Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Loin

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Slow-Cooker Italian Pork Loin
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 3 hr 35 min
  • Servings 8
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Seared pork loin, cannellini beans and fresh veggies make this unexpected slow-cooker dinner perfect for special occasions (and no one will guess it's easy enough for a weeknight)!
Feb 28, 2018

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (19 oz/540 mL each) cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup thinly sliced yellow onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 lb (1.25 to 1.75 kg) boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves

Steps

  • 1
    Spray 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix beans, onions, bell pepper, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon of the oil and 1 teaspoon of the salt in slow cooker.
  • 2
    Rub pork loin with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, then rub in remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pork in hot skillet 3 to 5 minutes on both large flat sides or until browned. Transfer to slow cooker. Pour tomatoes over pork. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 3 to 4 hours or until pork is cooked through (145°F in centre).
  • 3
    Transfer pork to cutting board; let stand until cool enough to handle. Stir bean mixture in slow cooker; using slotted spoon, transfer to serving platter. Cut pork into 8 slices; place on top of bean mixture on platter, then top with mozzarella cheese. Cover platter with foil 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove foil; top with basil.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Pork loin roasts often come with a thin layer of fat on one side. Trim it off before cooking, or ask your butcher to remove it for you.
  • Tip 2
    The bean mixture in the slow cooker will be brothy. The broth is very flavourful, but if you prefer less liquid, use a colander to drain the bean mixture instead of a slotted spoon.

Nutrition Information

390 Calories, 17g Total Fat, 40g Protein, 19g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8
Calories
390
Total Fat
17g
Saturated Fat
6g
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
100mg
Sodium
1060mg
Total Carbs
19g
Dietary Fiber
5g
Protein
40g
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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