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Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Bacon

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Succulent pork sat on a bed of creamy beans and crispy salty bacon. This Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Bacon is delicious, comforting and oh so simple to make. Plus it looks elegant, which makes it perfect for easy entertaining.

Sliced pork tenderloin sat on a bed of white beans with bacon and spinach. Served in a earthenware bowl.

This simple main course is such an elegant way to serve beans, thanks to the pork tenderloin. Succulent and juicy it lifts the simple beans and bacon to another level.

Pork tenderloin, also known as pork fillet, can be notoriously hard to cook. So often it is served over cooked and dry. And no one wants to eat chewy overcooked pork.

In the recipe below I have given two ways to cook it. Quick roasting which if done right gives juicy succulent pork and sous vide which gives fabulous results every time.

I love my sous vide machine, if you are a keen cook and love succulent meat then I would definitely ask Santa for one! But as I know not many people have them, I have tested this recipe a couple of times with the oven roasted method. As long as you cook it quickly and let it rest well you will still get juicy succulent pork tenderloin.

Full table view of a earthenware bowl, filled with white beans, crispy bacon and wilted spinach. Wine glass in the background.

The recipe calls for white beans, you can pick your favourite or use whichever if easiest to find. Here cannellini beans are always available, but any white bean will work. The key is to drain and rinse them first and heat them in the bacon fat with a touch of chicken broth. This warms and softens them without letting them go mushy.

You can see from the photo below that the beans are holding their shape, have a little bit of colour and look ready to eat.

Close up on the beans. Shows the tender beans, crispy bacon and wilted spinach.

As with so many dishes on my site, all the ingredients can be found in the supermarket and although the dish isn’t complex it is perfect for entertaining. Plate it beautifully and your guests will be wowed. I recommend a deep bowled plate, pile the beans and bacon up and then top with slices of the juicy pork tenderloin. Simple, elegant and delicious.

Enjoy x


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Succulent pork sat on a bed of creamy beans and crispy salty bacon. This Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Bacon delicious, comforting and oh so simple to make. Plus it looks elegant, which makes it perfect for entertaining. Recipe from Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious food for easy entertaining.
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Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Bacon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Succulent pork sat on a bed of creamy beans and crispy salty bacon. This Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Bacon is delicious, comforting and oh so simple to make. Plus it looks elegant, which makes it perfect for easy entertaining.
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Calories: 508 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 lb pork tenderloin this will probably be two fillets
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped bacon/pancetta (see notes)
  • 1 small shallot
  • 2 tins white beans (15oz) navy beans/northern beans/cannellini beans
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 10 oz fresh spinach 1 large bag
Instructions
TO COOK THE PORK IN THE OVEN (See below for sous vide instructions)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 220ºC/425ºF.
  2. Trim any silver skin from the pork tenderloin.
  3. Pat the pork dry with kitchen towel.
  4. Season the pork generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Place a heavy based oven safe skillet (cast iron is perfect here) over a medium high heat.
  6. Pour in 1 tablespoon of the oil and when it starts to shimmer and smoke, add the pork tenderloins and brown on each side for 1 minute as side.
  7. Roast the pork for 12 to 15 minutes (until an instant read thermometer registers 62ºC/144ºF.)
  8. Remove the pork from the oven and transfer to a warm plate, tent with foil and leave to rest whilst you cook the beans.
TO COOK THE PORK BY SOUS VIDE
  1. Pre-heat your water bath to 62°C1/44°F .
  2. Trim any silver skin from the pork tenderloin.
  3. Season the pork with salt and pepper and then seal in a vacuum bag.
  4. Place in your water bath and cook for 60 minutes.
  5. Remove from the water bath and sear in a smoking hot skillet.
TO COOK THE BEANS
  1. Peel and finely chop the shallot. Set to one side.
  2. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet (no need to wash) and then add in the chopped bacon.

  3. Place over a medium heat and cook for 5 minutes until crispy.
  4. Add in the chopped shallot and stir to coat in the bacon fats.
  5. Drain the beans and rinse well.
  6. Turn the heat up under the skillet and add in the drained beans.
  7. Stir together gently over a high heat.
  8. Add in the chicken broth and allow it to sizzle away until the beans are heated through, don't stir too often so you don't break the beans.
  9. Once the broth has almost gone, stir through the spinach and remove from the heat whilst it wilts.
TO SERVE
  1. Spoon the beans into deep plates or shallow bowls.
  2. Cut the pork into thick slices and arrange on top of the beans.
Recipe Notes

If you can find a block of pancetta then use that if not the packets of cubed bacon are perfect here.

Nutritional information is based on this dish serving 4 people. But with an appetizer and dessert this would easily serve 6.

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 508 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 1g
Protein 58g 116%
Vitamin C 27.2%
Calcium 17.2%
Iron 43.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Succulent pork sat on a bed of creamy beans and crispy salty bacon. This Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Bacon is delicious, comforting and oh so simple to make. Plus it looks elegant, which makes it perfect for entertaining.
Recipe from Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious food for easy entertaining.
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  1. Reply

    Wow!! pork tenderloin with beans and bacon looks and sounds so delicious!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Aria.
      It is a favourite here in our house 😀

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