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Grilled Pork Tenderloin
with balsamic tortellini salad

Active: 40 min Total: 1 hr

This combination of marinated pork tenderloin and a tangy balsamic tortellini salad became an instant classic in our community when it was last featured in 2018.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin:
  • Lemons - 1, zest
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Garlic powder - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Pork tenderloin - 1 lb
  • Zucchini - 1 lb, spears
  • Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup (only if cooking on stovetop / oven; skip if using grill)
Balsamic Tortellini Salad:
  • Pasta, uncooked tortellini - 8 oz
  • Tomatoes, cherry or grape - 1 cup, halved
  • Basil - 8 leaves, chiffonade
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make marinade - Zest lemons. Combine lemon zest, first part of cooking oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic powder, paprika, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Marinate pork - Combine pork with marinade. Tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Pasta - (If prepping right before cooking, get grill / oven heating before continuing with prep.) Cook pasta according to package directions. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Zucchini / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Basil - Chiffonade basil.

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Make

  1. If cooking on the grill: Heat a grill to 450F / 232C, keeping one part over direct heat and one part over indirect heat.
  2. If cooking on the stovetop / oven : Heat oven to 450F / 232C.
  3. Remove pork from marinade (discard marinade) and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Brush or toss zucchini spears with second part of cooking oil. Season with Italian seasoning and some salt.
  5. {grill}: Place pork and zucchini over direct heat. Cook, turning to sear on all sides, until both pork and zucchini are golden brown. Transfer to indirect heat and continue cooking with the lid closed until pork reaches 145F / 63C degrees and zucchini is tender.
  6. {stovetop / oven}: Brush an oven-safe skillet with some cooking oil and place over medium-high heat. Add pork and sear on all sides for 2 to 3 minutes, until golden brown.
  7. {stovetop / oven}: Pour stock into skillet. Place zucchini spears around or on top of pork. Cover loosely with foil and bake in the oven for 14 to 16 minutes or until pork reaches 145F / 63C degrees and zucchini is tender.
  8. Transfer pork to a cutting board and rest, covered, for 10 minutes.
  9. While pork rests, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice. Add pasta, tomatoes, and basil. Toss everything together to combine. Season with some salt and pepper.
  10. Slice pork and serve with zucchini and pasta salad on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

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32 reviews

This was our first Cook Smarts recipe. We all liked it and it was easy to make!

By: Terra
Posted: Jul 24, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was the best pork I have ever eaten! Absolutely delicious!!! (We did an overnight marinade for the pork). I think the tortellini salad could use a little extra flavor.

By: Sara
Posted: Jul 09, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So easy, light, and delicious. I even got to use the fresh basil from my herb garden for the first time!

By: Jenna
Posted: Jun 08, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Really good. Could have just eaten the tortellini as a meal

By: Christel
Posted: Jun 08, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Easy, simple summer dish. Loved it.

By: Megan
Posted: Jun 02, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
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This was good. Nothing special, but it is definitely something I could eat. We didn’t use tortellini, because we don’t eat dairy, so maybe that’s why. Either way, definitely not a waste.

By: Anna
Posted: May 30, 2020
Diet: Original
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