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Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Goat Cheese

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings

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This goat cheese, sun-dried tomato, and basil stuffed pork tenderloin is special – it’s flavorful and incredibly easy to whip up!

Recipe for Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Goat Cheese

Pork tenderloin is a protein that I rely on a lot for dinner. It’s affordable, just the right size for my family, and when cooked correctly (read: not overcooked), it’s really, really juicy and delicious. This stuffed pork tenderloin really takes the humble protein up a notch – the goat cheese, basil leaves, and sun-dried tomatoes are a match made in stuffed pork tenderloin heaven!

Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Ingredients

The ingredient list is short! Here’s everything you’ll need:

Stuffed pork tenderloin ingredients on a grey and white marble surface.
  • 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins
  • 4 ounces of goat cheese
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 4 ounces of sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and julienned
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • 8 pieces of twine

How to Prepare Pork Tenderloin

Before you can bake the pork tenderloin, you’ll need to prep it! Here’s how you’ll do it:

Hand holding pork tenderloin and knife slicing through the middle of the pork tenderloin lengthwise.
Hand placing basil onto of goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes on top of butterflied pork tenderloin.
Hand shimming twine under pork tenderloin.
Hand rolling pork tenderloin with pieces of twine underneath the pork.
Hands tying twine around a rolled pork tenderloin.
Stuffed pork tenderloin tied with twine in a baking dish.
  1. Butterfly – butterfly the pork tenderloins lengthwise.
  2. Stuff – spread the goat cheese along one side of the pork tenderloin, then layer with the basil leaves and tomatoes, and sprinkle with salt and paper.
  3. Secure the pork tenderloin with twine – shimmy 4 pieces of twine under the pork tenderloins, then roll the pork tenderloin along the long side and tie each string into a double knot.

How to butterfly Pork Tenderloin

To butterfly your pork tenderloin, simply slide your knife along the long side of the pork tenderloin, making sure that you don’t cut all the way through the pork tenderloin (you want the pork to stay in one piece). Once sliced, open the pork tenderloin so that it is now double in width.

How to Cook Stuffed Pork Tenderloin in Oven

Once your pork tenderloin is prepared, you’ll put it into a 425°F oven for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F.

Baked, stuffed pork tenderloin in a white baking dish.

How do you cut a pork tenderloin for stuffing?

You’ll butterfly your pork tenderloin in order to stuff it. HERE’S a step-by-step video on how to do that. 

How Long to Cook Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Your stuffed pork tenderloin will go into the oven for about 30 minutes, but you’ll know it’s done for sure when the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Using an in-oven thermometer makes the cooking process incredibly easy!

At what temp is pork tenderloin done?

Pork tenderloin is done and safe to eat at 145°F. Don’t worry if your pork is a little bit pink – if it’s 145°F, it’s good to go! 

Storing Leftover Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Store your leftover pork tenderloin in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze stuffed pork tenderloin recipe leftovers?

Sure! Frozen in an airtight container, your pork tenderloin will stay good for 3 months. I’d personally freeze the pork tenderloin in slices (vs. whole) – that way, I can pull it out and thaw a serving or two at a time!

How to Reheat Pork Tenderloin

Reheat leftover slices of pork tenderloin in the oven or air fryer – start with a couple of minutes and then add on as needed. Alternatively, you can heat your pork tenderloin in the microwave for a minute, adding 30 seconds at a time until warmed through.

Plate of 3 slices of stuffed pork tenderloin and a side of wild rice with a silver fork. Another plate with tenderloin can be seen in the background.
Q How do you cook a pork tenderloin without drying it out?
A

Good question! The best way to cook a pork tenderloin to a perfect doneness is to use the cook time as a guide and an in-oven thermometer as the best indication of when to pull the pork from the oven.

Q Should I bake my pork tenderloin covered or uncovered?
A

Uncovered! Because it’s only in the oven for 30 minutes, the outside of the pork tenderloin is not at risk for getting too toasty in the oven.

Q How much pork tenderloin per person?
A

A one-pound pork tenderloin will feed 3-4 adults. To be on the safe side, if you’re having adult guests over, I’d plan for a pork tenderloin to serve 3.

Serve your pork tenderloin alongside a veggie side (asparagus, green beans, and arugula salad would all be great choices) and a starchy side (wild rice or roasted purple sweet potatoes on a regular ole weeknight and browned butter parsnip mash to impress!).

a shallow bowl of white rice, teriyaki pork tenderloin, and bok choy

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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
This goat cheese, sun-dried tomato, and basil stuffed pork tenderloin is special – it’s flavorful and incredibly easy to whip up!

Ingredients  

  • 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 ounces sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil drained and julienned
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 pieces twine for tying together

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Butterfly the pork tenderloins.
  • Spread the goat cheese along one side of the pork tenderloin, then layer with the basil leaves and tomatoes, and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Repeat for the 2nd pork tenderloin.
  • Shimmy 4 pieces of twine under the pork tenderloins, then roll the pork tenderloin along the long side and tie each string into a double knot.
  • Place the pork tenderloins in a baking dish and bake them for 30 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 145°F.
  • Let the pork tenderloins rest for 5 minutes, then slice, serve, and enjoy!
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  1. Chikachef says

    Chikachef —  09/11/2012 At 15:53

    What did you say? Oh, I remember. Holy yum! A dish that even the young ones will like.

  2. Sam says

    Sam —  11/06/2012 At 18:48

    delicious!!

    • fedandfit says

      fedandfit —  11/06/2012 At 19:10

      Thanks, Sam!!

  3. Remy Sheppard says

    Remy Sheppard —  05/05/2013 At 18:03

    This is in my oven right now. I’m excited.

    • fedandfit says

      fedandfit —  05/08/2013 At 17:21

      Yum! Tenderloin just made my shopping list 🙂 Hope you liked it!

  4. Randi says

    Randi —  10/05/2013 At 13:14

    15 minutes to cook a pork tenderloin? Is that accurate? Also how do u make that butter?

    • fedandfit says

      fedandfit —  10/09/2013 At 06:55

      Hi Randi! I’m sorry I just saw your comment. That’s accurate for when I make my pork tenderloin. That being said, I prefer that my fresh pork is served medium. If you like yours more well-done, I recommend increasing the time in the oven by 5-8 minutes. The almond butter is easy to make from home. All you have to do is blend one cup of almonds in a well-working food processor until it “butters.” This can be a long process. It will turn into a powder at first, then a sticky clump, then finally smooth almond butter. If you don’t want to make it at home, it has become really easy to find in the grocery store. Hope that helps!

    • Randi says

      Randi —  11/04/2013 At 17:22

      Thanks! I try it

  5. Stephanie says

    Stephanie —  01/14/2015 At 18:05

    anything i can substitute for the goat cheese?

  6. Sharee says

    Sharee —  04/01/2015 At 21:08

    This looks absolutely to die for. I can’t wait to try it! Question… do you put butter or coconut oil down in the pan before searing? Or just the hot pan? And roughly how many pounds is your pork loin typically?

    Thanks!
    Sharee

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