Easy & Elegant Tenderloin Roast Recipe
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Easy & Elegant Tenderloin Roast Recipe

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I love the simplicity of the recipe. Olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Just add the tenderloin and pop it in the oven. In an hour or so you’ve got an impressive main dish to feed a crowd. This leaves you with more time to visit with family and less time fussing in the kitchen. —Mary Kandell, Huron, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 beef tenderloin (5 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper

Nutritional Facts

5 ounces cooked beef: 294 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 394mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (trace sugars, trace fiber), 40g protein Diabetic Exchanges:5 lean meat, 1/2 fat


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place roast on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. In a small bowl, mix the oil, garlic, salt and pepper; rub over roast.
  2. Roast 50-70 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Remove from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Easy & Elegant Tenderloin Roast in Taste of Home December/January 2013, p21

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"I made this for our Christmas dinner and it turned out absolutely perfect! The rub is outstanding and I will definitely be making this again! Yum!"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2013

"Great recipe!My husband loved it as did my kids.I will definitely be using this recipe again!"

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2012

"I made this for our family Christmas dinner and could not be happier with it! The simple garlic rub was perfect. Served with horseradish cream and sauteed mushrooms. To make the rub I put the whole garlic cloves with the rest of the ingredients in a food processor."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2012

"Made this for Christmas dinner this year. It was wonderful and so easy. Everyone asked for it again even the grandkids."

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