May 02, 2014 8:43 am - Posted by peter
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Punchy herb pork with white beans


  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
  • 4 pork cutlets, French trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 85g mild pancetta, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red capsicum, finely chopped
  • 400g can cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
  • 60g baby spinach leaves


  1. Place 3 garlic cloves, 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, half the rosemary and half the sage in a mortar and pound with a pestle until crushed. Season.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl. Add pork. Toss to coat. Set aside for 5 minutes to marinate.
  3. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Cook pork, turning, for 8 minutes or until just cooked through. Add lemon juice. Transfer pork to a plate and the pan juices to a bowl. Cover both with foil to keep warm.
  4. Finely chop remaining garlic, rosemary and sage. Heat remaining oil over medium heat. Cook pancetta, stirring, for 2 minutes or until golden. Add the onion, capsicum, garlic, rosemary and sage.
  5. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Stir in beans for 2 minutes. Stir in the spinach for 1 minute or until spinach just wilts. Season with pepper.
  6. Divide bean mixture among plates. Top with pork cutlets and drizzle over pan juices.


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