Sandra Djohan


Beef Tenderloin 
With Pizzaiola Sauce

Juicy Beef Tenderloin with Pizzaiola Sauce. From the succulent meat to the intensely flavored sauce, your efforts will create a memorable impact. Round out this Italian-inspired meal with an assortment of antipasti, a fresh green salad and a side of pasta.

1 cup dry white wine

4 teaspoons fresh flat-leaf parsley

Minced 2 teaspoons fresh basil

 2 teaspoons fresh oregano

1 bay leaf
one pepperoncini pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

1 yellow onion,

Diced 2 garlic cloves,

 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes

4 lean beef tenderloin steaks (5 – 6 ounces each)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil, plus more as needed

1 1/2 cups white, oyster

Porcino mushrooms, sliced



Pizzaiola Sauce:

  • For the sauce, simmer the wine in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced by half, 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the herbs and pepperoncini. Set aside to steep for 30 minutes before preparing the rest of the sauce.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté, stirring often, until light golden, about 5 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes more.
  • Remove the bay leaf from the wine mixture and discard it. Add the wine mixture to the pan with the tomatoes and continue to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Beef Tenderloin

  • Blot the beef dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a heavy sauté pan over high heat. Add the beef and sauté to the desired doneness, 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a warmed platter and cover to keep warm while completing the sauce.
  • Return the sauté pan to medium-high heat and add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the mushrooms and sauté until browned and any juices they have released cook away, about 4 minutes. Add the pizzaiola sauce and any juices released by the steaks. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce develops a good flavor and consistency, about 5 minutes.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve the steaks at once with the sauce.
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