Roasted Pork Tenderloin is matched with delicata squash, string beans, pearl onions and potatoes to a make a delicious meal. You'll want to know how to cook this pork tenderloin recipe to have on your family's dinner table!
Why Make Roasted Pork Tenderloin?
I always keep a few pork tenderloins in the freezer. My husband and son love pork and I like how easy it is to cook. It's a lean cut of meat that goes well with potatoes and vegetables.
Pork tenderloin cooks up quick and I can make a week night meal that tastes like it belongs in a restaurant.
Rosemary is my favorite herb to pair with pork. I rubbed the tenderloin with dried rosemary, olive oil and roasted garlic seasoning and cooked up some fall vegetables to go with it. Pork tenderloin doesn't take long to cook so I pre-roasted the veggies first before the pork went into the oven.
Vegetables to Pair with Pork
Have you ever heard of delicata squash? If not, you need to get some. It is part of the winter squash group and is both delicious and nutritious. I love making this vegetable with pork as the mild but slightly sweet taste pairs well with a lean cut of pork and rosemary.
It is pretty easy to find in most produce markets and grocery stores in the fall. You can also substitute another squash if you really want to. Butternut squash and acorn squash would both work fine in this recipe.
To me, delicata squash is the lazy woman's squash. It is much easier to prepare than other squash because you can eat the skin. To prep it, all I had to do was wash it, core out some seeds and slice it up.
Red potatoes, green beans and pearl onions complete the meal. I love that this pork recipe includes several other vegetables. There is really no reason to make any side dishes to go with roasted pork as this is a complete meal.
How To Cook Pork Tenderloin
Keeping Pork Tenderloin Juicy
The pork gets seared in a pan before it goes in the oven so it has a nice crust and the inside stays juicy. This also gives the vegetables some time to precook in the oven. Look at these beautiful pork tenderloins.
Pork Cooking Time and Temperature
Once the pork is seared, it goes in the oven with the beautiful fall vegetables. Pork only needs to be cooked to 145 degrees for medium rare and 160 degrees for medium. Always let it rest for 3 minutes after making sure it is at the proper temperature. A digital meat thermometer works best for accuracy.
My family likes their pork cooked at medium so I cook it to about 155 degrees. Pork tenderloin should be cooked for about 20 to 25 minutes per pound. I heat my oven to 400 degrees and find that this is the perfect oven temperature for my pork and vegetables.
Dinner goes on our table on a beeautifuo platter looking like this.
Tips for Slicing Pork Tenderloin
- The pork should rest covered with foil for 10 to 15 minutes before carving. This will insure really juicy pork.
- Use a alrge sharp knife to get nice slices.
- Slice it right before serving so the meat doesn't dry out.
- Slice roasted pork into equally thick slices cutting against the grain for the most tender meat.
I couldn't wait to grab plates and fill them up. Such a great meal for a brisk fall day. If it's not fall, you can still make this meal as my family loves it all year round. I have substituted cauliflower or brussels sprouts for times when winter squash was not available. The smell in the kitchen was unbelievable!
More Pork Recipes
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I created this recipe several years ago when working with the Pork Be Inspired website . Check out their page for more delicious pork recipes.
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Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Delicata Squash Medley
- large skillet
- roasting pan
- 1 ½ pounds baby red potatoes cut in half
- 1 large delicata squash seeded and sliced in half moon pieces
- 1 cup frozen pearl onions
- 1 pound green beans cleaned and trimmed
- 4 TBS olive oil divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 to 3 pound package of pork tenderloins
- 1 tablespoon roasted garlic seasoning
- 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
- rosemary sprigs for garnish
- more salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a medium size bowl, mix together potatoes, squash, onions and green beans. Sprinkle with 2 TBS olive oil (reserve the other 2 TBS), salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix together and place in a large roasting pan. Roast for 15 minutes.
- While veggies are roasting sprinkle and rub the pork with 1 TBS olive oil, the roasted garlic seasoning and rosemary. Heat a large frying pan with the remaining 1 TBS olive oil. Sear the pork for a few minutes on each side or until it has a golden crust.
- Place pork tenderloin on top of the veggies and roast for another 25 minutes or until temperature reads 145 degrees for medium rare or 160 degrees for medium using a digital thermometer for best accuracy. Always let the pork rest for three minutes before slicing.
- Garnish with rosemary and slice before serving.
First Published October 2014; Updated August 2021