Pork Roulade with Basil Pesto

Pork roulade with basil pesto is an elegant looking dish with mild flavor of basil. It’s great for dinner parties served with rosemary roasted potatoes and garden salad. It might look complicated and hard, but it’s really easy to prepare.


  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 3 tbsp. basil pesto
  • Salt, black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Heat the grill. If you want to cook on the skillet it’s fine too, but I like the grill marks on the loin, it looks pretty.
  3. Slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves, laying pork flat. Starting from the center, slice each half lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side; open so pork is flat. Place plastic wrap over pork; pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle evenly with  salt and pepper. Spread pesto on pork. Roll up, jelly-roll fashion.
  4. Place the roulade on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side.
  5. Move the loin into the pan that can be placed in the oven or a deep baking dish and cook for 40 minutes or so.
  6. Remove it from the pan and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Slice and serve.

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