Pork Tenderloin
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Norma’s Pork Tenderloin

I was never really a big fan of pork.  For many years, I believed that if pork was pink, it was undercooked.  This is not necessarily the case.  Just like any ground meat,  ground pork needs to be cooked until the pink is gone, or to 160°F.  Cooking a chop, tenderloin or roast?  Pink is perfectly fine.  As a matter of fact,  cooked to the minimum temperature at 145°, pork is tender, juicy and flavorful.  Overcooking certain cuts can make meat tough and dry and not very tasty.  No wonder I wasn’t a fan, I had been eating overcooked meat all this time!

Norma’s Pork Tenderloin

Norma, my mother in law, had made this recipe for my husband and I once while we were visiting.  Delighted that we enjoyed it, she promptly wrote down the recipe and gave it to me.  Last year Norma passed away, and especially now,  it is wonderful to have this recipe in my cookbook.  I am reminded of her every time I pull it out.  Just like Norma,  this recipe is a class act.  It calls for only a few simple ingredients and is quick and easy to prepare.   I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Prep time: 35 minutes. Serves: 2-3.


  1. 1 ½ lbs.  pork tenderloin ( if using a larger quantity, double the amounts below)
  2. 1 tsp thyme
  3. ½ tsp rosemary
  4. 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  5. 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

Easy as 1-2-3!

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Spray roasting pan with cooking spray.
Mix thyme, rosemary, oil and dijon mustard in a small bowl.
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  • preheat oven to 400°F.
  • spray roasting pan with cooking spray.
  • mix thyme, rosemary, oil and dijon mustard in a small bowl.
Pat the tenderloin dry then spread the mixture on both sides of the meat.
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  • pat the tenderloin dry then spread the mixture on both sides of the meat.
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  • bake uncovered for 30 minutes to a minimum temperature of 145°F.
Pork Tenderloin
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  • Remove meat from oven when done and let meat rest for at least 3 minutes before slicing.  This will ensure a juicier slice of meat.

NOTE:  I recommend using a meat thermometer for pork tenderloin, smaller pieces cook quickly and you could otherwise end up with a dry tenderloin.

I use an iGrill², that I absolutely love, because you can link your cell phone to it and walk away from the oven or grill while keeping tabs on your meat temperature just by checking your phone).  (check it out under our recommended products

Here is a useful link with the recommended cooking temperatures for different types of meat. Foodsafety.gov

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Hello, I am Susan and creator of mylovingoven.com. I live in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. I love to cook and all that it entails, including finding that perfect recipe, gathering the ingredients, then adding my personal flare. I have many passions and cooking is one of them. I also enjoy hiking, biking, trail running and travel but most of all spending time with my family and friends in that all time favorite place to gather, the kitchen. Preparing food for the ones I love is pure joy!

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