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Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin
and pearl couscous with butternut squash and cranberries

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The sweet and savory flavors of this pork tenderloin with a flavorful pan sauce pairs perfectly with a pearl couscous salad that we last featured with salmon in 2021.



Pearl Couscous Pasta Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash:
  • Butternut squash - 1 1/2 lbs , cubed
  • Pasta, pearl couscous - 1 cup (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Parsley (opt) - 1 Tbsp , chopped
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Cranberries, dried - 1/4 cup
  • Pistachios, shelled - 1/4 cup (sub walnuts or pecans)
Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin:
  • Mustard, Dijon - 3 Tbsp (preferably a whole grain style)
  • Honey - 2 Tbsp
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
  • Thyme, dried - 1 tsp
  • Vinegar, balsamic - 1 tsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 tsp
  • Pork tenderloin, trimmed - 1 lb
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup


  1. Squash - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Peel and cube squash. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Cook couscous - Cook pearl couscous according to package directions. If prepping ahead, toss the pearl couscous with some oil to minimize sticking. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make Honey-Dijon sauce - Whisk together mustard, honey, olive oil (portion for pork), thyme, vinegar (portion for pork), and soy sauce. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Parsley (if using) - Chop parsley. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

  5. Pork tenderloin - Tenderize with a fork. Season with some salt and pepper on all sides. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C degrees.

  2. Toss butternut squash with brown sugar, vinegar (portion for couscous), olive oil (portion for couscous), and some salt and pepper. Spread butternut squash out onto a sheet pan. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until golden and caramelized.

  3. While the squash roasts, heat a large oven-safe skillet with cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add pork and sear on all sides until deep golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes total.

  4. Brush the pork liberally on all sides with Honey-Dijon sauce.

  5. Pour stock around the pork tenderloin.

  6. Transfer the skillet to the oven and continue cooking the pork until it registers 145F / 63C, 13 to 16 minutes.

  7. When the pork is done cooking, transfer it to a cutting board. Cover it loosely with foil and let it rest for 5 minutes. Reserve any cooking liquid.

  8. If the couscous was made ahead, reheat in the microwave. 

  9. Toss together pearl couscous, squash, parsley, cranberries, and pistachios. Taste and season with some salt and pepper. You can add a splash of balsamic vinegar if you’d like a little more tart flavor.

  10. Slice pork tenderloin and drizzle cooking liquid over top. Serve pork with couscous on the side. Enjoy!



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