Top slices of beef tenderloin with a rich sauce of cremini mushrooms and sweet red wine.  This elegant beef recipe is an ideal choice for entertaining. Careful trimming cuts even more fat from this naturally lean cut of beef. Use low-sodium broth and just a pinch of salt to keep the sodium count in check too—although some people with hypertension may need to eliminate salt completely.


Credit: Tina Rupp; Styling: Renata Chaplynsky

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8 servings (serving size: 2 slices beef and 1/4 cup sauce)


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  • Preheat oven to 350°.

  • Combine thyme, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper; coat beef tenderloin with mixture. Heat a large ovenproof skillet with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add beef; cook 2 minutes on 1 side until browned. Turn beef over.

  • Transfer skillet to oven; bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 125°. Transfer beef to a carving board; tent with foil and let stand 10 minutes (internal temperature will rise to 130° for medium-rare).

  • Meanwhile, melt butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and remaining salt; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth and wine; simmer 8 minutes. Combine cornstarch and water; mix well. Stir into sauce; simmer 2 minutes or until slightly thick.

  • Cut beef crosswise into 16 slices; transfer to serving plates and top with mushroom sauce.

  • Our expert's wine pick: The beef is perfect with Montevina Terra d'Oro Zinfandel ($18) from California. Its spice echoes the peppery thyme flavor. Tip: Most guests drink about 2 glasses of wine, and there are 4 glasses per bottle. So if 8 people are coming, you'll need at least 4 bottles of wine. Get a few extra, just in case. --Andrea Immer Robinson

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; fat 22g; saturated fat 9g; mono fat 9g; poly fat 1g; protein 28g; carbohydrates 5g; cholesterol 93mg; iron 4mg; sodium 250mg; calcium 25mg.