Canned tomatoes spiked with balsamic vinegar and basil roast with the pork to create an easy sauce. Hot cooked orzo soaks up the juices.
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1/4 cup sun-dried tomato pesto (such as Classico)
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled feta cheese with basil and sun-dried tomatoes
Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, basil, and olive oil (such as Hunt's), undrained
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 500°.
Cut pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves, laying pork flat. Place pork halves between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Spread pesto evenly down length of tenderloin; top with spinach and feta. Close tenderloin; secure at intervals with wooden picks (about 12). Place pork in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Coat pork with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with pepper. Pour tomatoes around pork in pan.
Bake at 500° for 22 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink). Let stand 5 minutes. Discard wooden picks; cut pork into 8 slices. Serve roasted tomatoes over pork.
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I made it for a couple of friends, everyone loved it. Had to make some modifications as unable to find all the ingredients. Used regular pesto and used more spinach than the recipe calls for as I thought it will keep the meet moist. The meat came out really soft. Could not find the balsamic vinegar diced tomatoes, used a can of basil, garlic & oregano, mixed with truffle oil, added more dry basil and red pepper flakes to spice up the dish. Served with sweet potatoes and shelled edamame for visual appeal. Will definitely make this again.
Delicious and easy! I couldn't find canned tomatoes with balsamic vinegar either, so I added it to the garlic and basil can tomatoes (about 1/2 tablespoon). After it came out of the oven, the tomatoe mixture cooked down a bit and I felt needed more sauce; I added about a cup of pasta sauce. Served with suggested orzo and slightly wilted sauteed spinach.
SO delicious...couldn't find canned tomatoes with balsamic so used petite diced and added balsamic and fresh basil leaves. Also added some fresh basil leaves to the inside of the pork. So flavorful and tender!!! Will definitely make this again and try different variations.
Loved this! I followed the recipe as written with a couple of modifications due to what I had on hand- I didn't have sundried tomato pesto, I used regular and added chopped sun dried tomatoes to the filling. I didn't have balsamic tomatoes so I just added balsamic vinegar to the tomatoes. This was great.
Very Tasty recipe..I seared mine before puting in the oven so I lowered the cooking time to 17 min or so as the pork has some carry over cooking time while it rests..I personally dont like my pork tenderloin cooked well done..so all in all very good and would try a version with chicken too!