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Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Sauce Recipe
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Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Sauce Recipe

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This beef tenderloin is quick and easy to prepare—but it's special enough to serve to guests, assures our Test Kitchen staff.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 beef tenderloin roast (2 pounds)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups port wine or 1 cup grape juice and 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces cooked beef with 3-1/2 teaspoons sauce equals 242 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 72 mg cholesterol, 576 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 24 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. Combine the rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper; rub evenly over tenderloin. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Place meat on a rack in shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 50-70 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.
  2. In a saucepan, bring wine or grape juice and broth to a boil; cook until reduced to 3/4 cup. Add vinegar; cook for 3-4 minutes or until reduced to a sauce consistency. Stir in butter, salt and pepper. Serve with tenderloin. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Sauce in Light & Tasty April/May 2003, p16

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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