Pancetta and Mushroom Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

October 13, 2011

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Nice for a small dinner party served with your favorite risotto!inpatskitchen

Food52 Review: I would be happy to eat inpatskitchen anytime based on this fantastic recipe. The combination of the pancetta, mushrooms, herbs, and Marsala is aromatic and very flavorful. I used chanterelles in the stuffing, and it was delicious. My pork tenderloin was on the small side, so I had extra stuffing which my husband gladly devoured on its own. The tenderloin is well-seasoned with the fennel and porcini powder; I used fennel pollen instead of the ground fennel seed to save a step. After searing, I transferred my stuffed tenderloin to a rack set over a shallow baking pan. Mine took about 30 minutes to hit 165ºF in the center, and was cooked perfectly. This dish is definitely worthy of a place at your holiday table. - hardlikearmour


Serves: 4


For the stuffing

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 ounces sliced pancetta cut into a fine dice
  • 2 cups diced mushrooms (your choice)
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 10 fresh basil leaves sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine

Putting it together

  • 1 pork tenderloin, about 1 1/2 pounds, butterflied lengthwise and then pounded with a meat mallet to form a rectangle about 6 by 12 inches.
  • 1/2 teaspoon porcini powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil for rubbing the roast.
  • The previously made stuffing
In This Recipe


For the stuffing

  1. In a large saute pan, cook the pancetta in the olive oil until almost crisp. Add the mushrooms and garlic and continue to cook until the mushrooms brown a bit.
  2. Stir in the bread crumbs, parsley, basil, salt and pepper until all is combined. Moisten with the Marsala and set aside while you prep the tenderloin.

Putting it together

  1. Spread the stuffing mixture lengthwise down the center of the butterflied tenderloin and then roll the roast and tie with butcher string to secure.
  2. Rub the entire roll with olive oil and then combine the porcini powder, ground fennel, salt and pepper and rub that over the roast.
  3. In a large non stick saute pan, sear the roast on all sides until well browned.
  4. Roast in a preheated 350F oven in an open roaster for 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest about 10 minutes before removing the string and slicing.

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Reviews (12) Questions (0)

12 Reviews

Jill H. January 5, 2016
This looks great- anyone have a suggestion for a substitute for porcini powder? Not sure I can find it locally-thanks
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inpatskitchen January 6, 2016
Hi Jill! I just whiz up dried porcinis in a spice/coffee grinder to make the powder. I think any flavorful dried mushroom could substitute.
Suzi J. June 12, 2012
Made this tonight for the family, and a big thumbs up all way around. Easy and great flavor.
Madame S. April 2, 2012
I just made this and would love to post a picture. Am I able to do that?
boulangere October 19, 2011
I love tenderloin, and your stuffing looks like I'll need to make twice as much to compensate for what gets eaten before even getting close to the pork.
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inpatskitchen October 20, 2011
Thanks boulangere...and yep you're so right! Are you getting messages? I sent you one the other day..but then again I'm not getting any e-mail notifications at all!
jenniebgood October 18, 2011
This looks yummy Pat - I'm having a few friends over for dinner this weekend and I'm going to try it. Thanks for the inspiration!
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inpatskitchen October 18, 2011
Thanks jenniebgood! I hope you enjoy!
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inpatskitchen October 13, 2011
Thanks bevi! It really was quite tasty!
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inpatskitchen October 13, 2011
Thanks Bevi! It really was quite tasty!
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inpatskitchen October 13, 2011
Thanks so was really quite tasty!
Bevi October 13, 2011
I love the flavors in the stuffing. Really nice.