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Bacon-Wrapped Pesto Pork Tenderloin

I love to serve this family-favorite tenderloin—maybe because of the compliments that come with it! When the weather warms up, we grill it instead. —Megan Riofski, Frankfort, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 10 bacon strips
  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Arrange bacon strips lengthwise in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. pan, overlapping slightly.
  • Cut tenderloin lengthwise through the center to within 1/2 in. of bottom. Open tenderloin flat; pound with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Place tenderloin on center of bacon, perpendicular to strips.
  • Sprinkle pepper over pork. Spread with pesto; layer with cheese and spinach. Close tenderloin; wrap with bacon, overlapping ends. Tie with kitchen string at 3-in. intervals. Secure ends with toothpicks.
  • In a 12-in. skillet, brown roast on all sides, about 8 minutes. Return to baking pan; roast in oven until a thermometer inserted in pork reads 145°, 17-20 minutes. Remove string and toothpicks; let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 402 calories, 25g fat (9g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 864mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.

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  • John
    May 3, 2020

    Absolutely delicious. The flavor that the pesto brings to the pork is fantastic. It's very easy to prepare too, even without the twin and toothpicks to hold it together.

  • stjohnj
    Apr 21, 2019

    I made this for our Easter Dinner. We loved the flavor provided by the pesto. Not difficult to prepare either. We will definitely have this recipe again.

  • xlsalbums
    Jan 28, 2019

    This was soooo good!! And it wasn't hard to make. Loved the flavors inside the pork loin and it was very tender.

  • Kuan
    Nov 9, 2018

    I made this and everyone loves it. I used uncured bacon and smoked Gouda instead. I sprinkle chipotle pepper on the bacon before baking.

  • ps1_4_9
    Mar 18, 2017

    Wonderful!! But I used chicken breast instead of pork tenderloin.