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How to cook Italian pork tenderloin (Rosa di parma)

Stuffed PORK TENDERLOIN recipe

Pork tenderloin Rosa di Parma is a traditional dish from the province of Parma.

This tenderloin is simply stuffed with Parmigiano-Reggiano and prosciutto.

Normally this dish is made with beef but works just as well with pork or even chicken.


Parma is in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. They are famously known for their production of Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

When making this recipe try to use these two imported products.

It’s more expensive but well worth the extra cost.

Rosa di Parma can be served plain with roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables or with a nice creamy sauce. To get the best results from this dish just pan fry it first to seal in the juices then roast it to perfection. Enjoy!



  • 2 pork tenderloins, trimmed
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices of Prosciutto di Parma
  • 1 cup of fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 4 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees
  2. Butterfly the pork tenderloin by sliding a sharp knife lengthwise down the tenderloin without cutting through. Then roll the tenderloin out while cutting to make a flat piece of meat around 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Pound the meat slightly with a meat mallet.
  4. Place the prosciutto on top of the meat.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top of the prosciutto.
  6. Roll the meat up and tie with butchers twine.
  7. In a small bowl mix together the garlic, sage, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  8. Rub the spice mixture on all sides of the tenderloin.
  9. In a large skillet, fry the tenderloin in the olive oil until browned on all sides.
  10. Transfer the tenderloin to a shallow roasting pan and roast for 15 to 20 minutes.


Meanwhile make the sauce.

Rosa di Parma Sauce



  • 3 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbls of fresh flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped



  1. In a medium saucepan, sauté the garlic in the olive oil for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, salt and pepper and cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the skins from the tomatoes if you prefer.
  4. Stir in the cream and sugar and simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cheese and parsley.


NOTE: Remove the tenderloin and let it rest on a cutting board for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the string and cut the tenderloin into 1 and 1/2 inch pieces. Serve with sauce on top or on the side.

Stuffed PORK TENDERLOIN recipe

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