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Roast porchetta with braised mushroom and barley

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  • High in protein
  • High in dietary fibre
  • No added sugar
  • Seafood free
  • Shellfish free
  • Soy free
  • Sesame free
  • Peanut free
  • Nut free
  • Egg free
  • 2 serves veg or fruit

This easy roast porchetta recipe is sure to impress. With crispy crackling and seasoned mushroom, barley and mixed veggies, it’s a flavour sensation.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time1 hour 30 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + 15 mins resting & overnight standing time
Roast porchetta with braised mushroom and barley


  • 1kg Coles Ready to Roast Porchetta with Fennel & Orange Seasoning
  • 20g pkt dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 200g brown mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 zucchini, finely chopped
  • 1 small fennel, finely chopped, fronds reserved
  • 1 cup (200g) pearl barley
  • 2 cups (500ml) salt-reduced chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) dry white wine or extra vegetable stock
  • 1 orange, zested, juiced
  • 2 tbs crème fraîche or sour cream

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  1. Step 1

    Place pork on a plate lined with paper towel. Place in the fridge, uncovered, overnight to dry out the rind.
  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 230°C. Place the pork in a roasting pan. Spray with olive oil spray and season with salt. Roast for 30 mins or until the rind crackles. Reduce oven to 180°C.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, place the porcini mushrooms in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the boiling water and set aside for 15 mins to soak.
  4. Step 4

    Heat the oil in a large ovenproof frying pan or ovenproof frying pan over medium heat. Add the brown mushroom and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until the mushroom is golden. Transfer to a separate heatproof bowl. Add the onion, carrot, celery, zucchini and fennel to the pan and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until the onion softens. Return the brown mushroom to the pan with porcini mushroom mixture, barley, stock, wine or extra stock and orange juice. Bring to the boil.
  5. Step 5

    Transfer the frying pan to the oven. Roast with the pork for 45-60 mins or until the pork is cooked through and the barley mixture is tender. Transfer pork to a plate and cover with foil. Set aside for 15 mins to rest.
  6. Step 6

    Stir the crème fraîche or sour cream into the barley mixture. Season. Thickly slice the porchetta and arrange on top of the barley mixture. Sprinkle with orange zest to serve.

Porchetta recipe

You’ve probably heard of porchetta – it’s popping up on topnotch restaurant menus all over the place. But what is porchetta? Literally, it translates from the Italian as “little pig” and it is indeed pork. Porchetta is roasted pork, in fact, but not exactly the Sunday roast we’re familiar with here in Australia. In Italy, it can be either a whole suckling pig or rolled pork belly porchetta, sometimes with a pork loin in the middle, and it’s almost always served in a fresh, crusty panino. No need for sugar-laden barbecue sauces or lettuce or pickles: the flavour-filled porchetta, roasted slowly with its rind on, is all that’s required.

According to sources, the Umbria, Lazio and Abruzzo regions of central Italy all lay claim to moist, fragrant porchetta. In fact, every year since 1950 the Lazio town of Ariccia has hosted the Sagre della Porchetta, a festival dedicated to this delicacy. The pork is flavoured with various aromatics depending on the region: rosemary, garlic, citrus, fennel seeds, fennel pollen and peppercorns are common. What makes it so special is the contrasting textures: the crisp crackling, the juicy meat, the tender fat all combine to make a true hero of a dish.

Although it’s often a street-food treat consumed inside a halved panino, porchetta can also be served as a main meal with accompanying “contorni”, or sides. Here, we’ve created a delicious “cucina povera” (peasant-style, literally “poor kitchen”) accompaniment of barley flavoured with porcini mushrooms and cooked in the oven alongside the pork. The beauty of this recipe is the leftovers can be used to make tomorrow’s lunchtime sandwiches.

How to make porchetta

Buying a pre-prepared porchetta is an excellent shortcut. We assume you weren’t planning to debone a whole pig, but this ready-rolled porchetta recipe also means you don’t need to buy bunches of herbs and finely mince your aromatics before spreading them over the pork. That’s all done for you, as well as the rolling and tying.

What you will need to do is be a little bit patient. Place the porchetta on a plate lined with paper towel and leave it, uncovered, in the fridge overnight. This will dry out the rind, helping it to become the crispiest, most golden rind it can be.

Preheat the oven to 230°C then spray the porchetta with olive oil and season with salt. Place it in the oven for half an hour or until the rind begins to crackle, then turn the temperature down to 180 degrees.

While this is happening, begin preparing your barley and mushroom accompaniment, soaking the porcini mushrooms in water for 15 minutes. Porcini can be found fresh in the Northern Hemisphere, but here they’re much more common dried, hence the rehydration. They provide an earthy, savoury, umami flavour – almost meaty in quality – and take this barley dish to richer depths.

Heat an ovenproof frying pan – this is important because you’ll need to place the pan in the oven – over a medium heat and cook your brown mushrooms first, then the other vegies, before returning the brown mushrooms to the pan along with the porcini, complete with its soaking water (it’s full of flavour), barley, stock, wine and orange juice. Bring the mixture to the boil then transfer the pan to the oven, cooking the pork and the barley mixture for a further 45 minutes to one hour or until the pork is cooked through and the barley is tender to the bite.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – a little more patience is required. Let the porchetta rest, covered with foil, for at least 15 minutes before thickly slicing. Stir the creme fraiche or sour cream into the barley mixture and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture onto plates and arrange slices of porchetta on top.

Expert tips on how to cook porchetta in oven

Making porchetta is a pretty simple process, but there are a few tips and tricks that will ensure porchetta perfetta.

  • Keep your porchetta all tied up. Keeping it bound up in a porky little log ensures minimal moisture-loss as it’s slowly cooked in the oven. After it’s cooked and rested, then you can cut the string.
  • To help your rind become even more burnished and crisp, rub a halved lemon over the skin a few times as it’s drying out in the fridge. This helps the protein that stops the pork skin hardening during the cooking to break down, resulting in better crackling.
  • If you’re not sure whether your pork is done, use a meat thermometer: if the porchetta internal temperature is 75°C at the centre at the end of the cooking time, it means the porchetta is done.
  • Use a long serrated knife to cut your porchetta into slabs. This will ensure the crackling stays together so that each slice has the perfect combination of textures.

Now get cooking

Now you’re ready to cook, but what to serve with porchetta? Well, our mushroom barley is a wonderful option for a cold winter’s night, but why stop there? Consider potatoes roasted with rosemary, a shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and some fresh tomatoes, thickly sliced and dressed simply with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

Want to try your hand at some more pork porchetta recipes, or roast pork? Try an Asian take with Courtney Roulston’s Chinese slow roast pork shoulder with smashed cucumber, or a traditional Sunday roast with Curtis Stone’s roast pork with no-fail crackling and apple jelly gems. Employ a different cooking method and come up with Curtis Stone’s pulled pork with cabbage slaw (this is also excellent sandwiched between crusty bread).

Nutrition Information


Energy: 2452kJ/587 Cals (28%)

Protein: 37g (74%)

Fat: 33g (47%)

Sat fat: 13g (54%)

Carb: 28g (9%)

Sugar: 7g (8%)

Fibre: 7g (23%)

Sodium: 855mg (43%)