Beef Tenderloin With Red Wine Sauce

Beef tenderloin with red wine
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
788 Calories
31g Fat
45g Carbs
66g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 788
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 178mg 59%
Sodium 792mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Protein 66g
Calcium 212mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A beef tenderloin roast can be the centerpiece for dinner with your family or guests. Serve it with a Bordelaise-style sauce is made with red wine and beef broth, along with mushrooms and seasonings.

The tenderloin is true to its name in being one of the most tender cuts of beef. But because it is also lean, with little marbling, it can dry out if overcooked. A sauce brings out the best flavor for this cut.

The dry red wine you use for the sauce may be burgundy (pinot noir) or cabernet sauvignon. You'll have to decide whether to use a bargain bottle for cooking or whether you'll use the same wine you'll be enjoying with the slices of tenderloin.

This dish is perfect for an intimate celebration such as Valentine's Day, a birthday, or an anniversary. Start with a lovely green salad. Pair the tenderloin with a baked potato and steamed or roasted vegetables.


  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds beef tenderloin
  • 1 clove garlic (halved)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 to 6 ounces mushrooms (thinly sliced)
  • 1 shallot (chopped) 
  • 1 clove garlic (finely minced)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme (dried)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat your oven to 400 F.

  3. Rub the tenderloin roast all over with the garlic clove halves. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper.

  4. In an open shallow pan, roast the tenderloin for about 30 to 35 minutes. It should reach 125 F to 130 F for medium rare to medium. If the roast is very cold, count on more time.

  5. Remove the roast from oven and place it on a warm platter to let it rest. Retain the pan drippings.

  6. Add oil, mushrooms, chopped shallot or green onion, and minced garlic to the pan drippings; place over medium heat and sauté until tender.

  7. Stir in flour until well blended; add the red wine and broth.

  8. Simmer until reduced by about 1/4 to 1/3.

  9. Add thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the sauce into a serving dish such as a gravy boat.

  10. Slice the tenderloin after it has rested for at least five minutes.

  11. Serve the sauce alongside the sliced tenderloin and enjoy.

Storage and Leftovers

Should you have any leftovers, refrigerate them in an airtight container. The slices are delicious to be served at room temperature with a horseradish-dill sauce or added to a green salad. For lunch, you can use them in a Philly steak sandwich or simply served in a roast beef sandwich with a dijonnaise dressing. For dinner the next evening, use the tenderloin to make a wonderful beef stroganoff.

Expert Tip

Use a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer to keep a close eye on this roast's temperature. You don't want to mar this expensive cut of meat by overcooking it. If medium-rare doesn't suit you, the other temperature targets are 140 F for medium, 150 F for medium-well, and 160 F for well done (which is never advised).