Introducing Pork Coppa: A hearty yet light Italian recipe

Do you love Italian food but need something a bit lighter? Look no further than pork coppa – an intriguing blend of flavors, textures and colors. This delightful dish is sure to make your mouth water and your taste buds tingle!

Originating in the boot-shaped country, pork coppa is a unique Italian specialty. Pork coppa is crafted using the finest selection of spices, herbs, and other local ingredients. The pork is roasted in olive oil, and seasoned with garlic, rosemary, capers, balsamic vinegar, and a pungent red chili pepper. This combination of ingredients produces a robust yet light flavor that will have you coming back for seconds.


-3½ lb pork coppa
-1 cup olive oil
-3 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 teaspoon rosemary
-2 tablespoons of capers
-1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
-1 red chili pepper, minced
-Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Rub the pork coppa with the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, capers, balsamic vinegar, chili pepper and season with salt and pepper.
3. Place the pork in an oven-safe dish and roast for approximately 1½ hours or until cooked through.
4. Slice the pork coppa into thin slices and serve with a side of sautéed vegetables and a simple mixed salad.

Culinary Notes

This dish offers a tantalizing balance of flavors, with the pork providing a lovely yet mild base for the array of flavorful ingredients. Pork coppa is also a great option for weeknight dinners, since it’s quick to make and doesn’t require much fuss to get it on the table.

If you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, try experimenting with different spices and herbs to create unique flavor combinations. For instance, try adding a touch of paprika or nutmeg to the mix. You might even keen to try pairing the pork coppa with an array of Asian inspired ingredients, such as ginger, soy sauce, and garlic.

As part of the Italian culinary canon, the pork coppa has stood the test of time and continues to provide an abundance of flavor and freshness to meals. Simple, bold, and full of depth, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. Try it out this week and let us know how it turns out!