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Pancetta-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

Beef Tenderloin

Here’s an impressive main course that is as delicious as it is easy to prepare. Think Cabernet Sauvignon for your pairing wine.

Time: 40 min.
Yield: serves 8-10


For beef

  • 1 (3-lb.) trimmed and tied beef tenderloin at room temperature
  • 2 oz. thinly sliced pancetta (Italian unsmoked cured bacon), cut into ⅓-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. grape seed oil

For sauce

  • 1½ lb. cherry tomatoes (5 cups)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. dried hot red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup firmly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Pat beef dry and cut ½-inch-deep slits at 1-inch intervals all over roast, then insert 1 piece of pancetta into each slit. Sprinkle beef with kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Heat oil in a 12-inch, heavy skillet over high heat until just smoking, then brown beef on all sides, about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer beef to a small roasting pan. Roast beef in middle of oven until an instant-read thermometer, inserted diagonally 2 inches into center, registers 120°F, about 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer beef to a sheet tray and let stand, loosely covered with foil for 15 minutes. (Beef will continue to cook as it stands, reaching 130°F for medium-rare.)
  6. Toss together tomatoes, salt, red pepper flakes, and ¼ cup oil in a 13- by 9-inch glass baking dish. Roast on lower rack until tomatoes burst and release their juices, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, pulse parsley and garlic with vinegar and remaining 2 tbsp. oil in a food processor until chopped, then transfer to a bowl.
  7. Stir tomatoes with their juices into parsley mixture. Slice roast and serve with sauce.

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