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This 30-Minute Sheet Pan Pork Tenderloin Is the Simplest Weeknight Dinner

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You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make good food. Sometimes it feels like a lot of unnecessarily complicated recipes start with a whole shopping cart full of herbs and spices, when all you really need for a perfect dinner is a couple of good ingredients and a meat thermometer. This super-easy pork tenderloin cooks on a sheet pan with green beans and baby potatoes for a quick, easy dinner that’s simple, delicious, and takes less than half an hour to make. 

The key to this recipe is the way you arrange all the ingredients on the sheet pan. First, spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray so nothing sticks. Toss a pound of fresh, trimmed green beans in a bit of olive oil with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and arrange the green beans in the center of the baking sheet.

Next, toss halved baby potatoes in salt, pepper, and olive oil. You can use the same bowl as for the green beans. Arrange the baby potatoes on both sides of the baking sheet, cut-sides down, with the green beans in the middle. 

This recipe calls for two pork tenderloins, trimmed. Place them on top of the green beans, making sure they don’t touch each other. Brush both tenderloins with hoisin sauce and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Roast the whole dinner until the tenderloin reaches 140 degrees at the thickest part, which should take around 20 or 25 minutes. 

While the meat cooks, mix up a simple compound butter by combining softened butter with garlic and chives. Once the pork is out of the oven, top the tenderloins with the garlic butter and let it melt. The leftover garlic-herb butter should go on the potatoes and green beans. It’s a simple recipe with not a lot of ingredients, but you’re going to want to eat it every week. 

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