Pork Tenderloin with Honey-Mustard SauceA couple of weeks ago I ventured to Annapolis for the day to go to a book signing with Giada De Laurentiis. I met one of my oldest girlfriends up there, and we waiting in line together at Williams-Sonoma for a couple hours. We chatted about the past, and how we’ve transitioned into the future with our families of two little boys. It was a great morning, topped off by meeting Giada – who was just as gorgeous and sweet in person as she is on television.

We of course flipped through the book while we were waiting, which is all healthy recipes – along with lots of health and beauty tips, and there were many recipes I bookmarked to try. The first one I got around to testing out in my kitchen was this delicious pork tenderloin with a honey-mustard sauce. We are big fans of pork tenderloin in this house. It’s a protein that’s lean and healthy, but still juicy with tons of flavor. Then to top it of with a delicious pan sauce? It’s just the icing on the cake!

It’s also pretty quick-cooking, making for an easy weeknight meal. The tenderloin is seared off in the pan, to get a gorgeous brown crust on the outside – then finished off in the oven. A quick pan sauce is made by using the browned bits in the bottom of the pan – along with a spot of wine , Dijon mustard, honey, and fresh herbs. I served with some roasted red potatoes and fresh green beans, and everyone really enjoyed it.

I also picked up a signed copy to share with one lucky reader! Just leave a comment below telling me what is your favorite recipe from the lovely Giada De Laurentiis that you’ve made in your kitchen? Giveaway will run from today, until next Friday at 11:59 PM. 

Congrats to entry #17, Tracey! She loves Giada’s turkey and artichoke stuffed shells. I’m going to have to try that recipe myself. I hope you enjoy this new cookbook as much as I have been!


  1. Posted November 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    We love pork tenderloin, too. This looks fabulous. My favorite Giada recipe is avocado hummus, it was so excellent!

  2. Posted November 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    I’ve made her parmesan crusted pork chops (with slight variations) more times than I can count!

  3. Posted November 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    Her alfredo sauce is awesome.

  4. Posted November 22, 2013 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

    I love to make her polenta–so, so good.

  5. Posted November 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    Giada’s cheesecake that she makes using some mascarpone instead of one of the blocks of cream cheese forever changed the way I make cheesecakes! So rich and creamy!

  6. Hannah
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 1:11 PM | Permalink

    I have made her Chicken marsala a few times – and it always turns out great! I always love her shows when her aunt is on there and teases her about changing the traditional recipes with Giada’s updates 🙂

  7. Posted November 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

    I love Giada! Her lemon spaghetti is amazing!

  8. Cristin
    Posted November 22, 2013 at 2:01 PM | Permalink

    I make lemon almond blueberry cookies that I saw Giada make years ago, so good.

  9. Posted November 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

    I love her chicken parm!

  10. Posted November 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

    I haven’t made it yet, but her breakfast tart with pancetta and green onions is on my must-make list.

  11. Brandie
    Posted November 23, 2013 at 7:28 PM | Permalink

    I have quite a few Giada favorites. One that I come back to often is her Beef and Cheese Manicotti.

  12. Posted November 23, 2013 at 9:51 PM | Permalink

    She has a shrimp linguine with lemon oil dish that is to die for!

  13. Posted November 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM | Permalink

    I’ve made her Chicken Piccata and it’s one of my favorites! What fun going to a book signing!

  14. Annette
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 12:52 AM | Permalink

    I love soup recipes and this one didn’t disappoint: Giada’s Tuscan White Bean and Garlic Soup

  15. Chrissy
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM | Permalink

    That looks incredible! I haven’t made a recipe of Giada’s that we haven’t loved. Our favorites are her risotto in a lemon cup and flat iron steak with red wine gravy.

  16. Shannon
    Posted November 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    Her chicken vesuvio, for sure.

  17. Posted November 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    We love pork tenderloin too, and this honey-mustard sauce would be a guaranteed hit with my husband. Must try! I so badly wanted to go to her signing in my area but already had another commitment the same day…

    Ok, favorite Giada recipe – turkey and artichoke stuffed shells. Love them!

  18. candace
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM | Permalink
  19. Diane
    Posted November 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

    I am so making your pork tenderloin recipe for dinner tonight! My favorite Giada recipe is her butternut squash lasagna. It is so goooood!

  20. Maryellen
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

    I think we will try this today.

  21. Maryellen Lagarde
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    We tried this recipe last night. Total Awesomeness. We loved the spice of the Dijon mustard and the sweetness of the honey.. We roasted carrots and potatoes with fresh garlic and rosemary. Jimmy wanted “leftovers” for his lunch today and the guys in the lunch room were watching every bite he took. I always send him a cloth napkin which they call his “little table cloth” Anyway it was so delicious. Thanks! Hope to see you soon. Waiting for the next recipe. :ME

  22. Posted January 17, 2015 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    I have not tried any of Giada’s recipes yet, but this one looks pretty good! It must be true that all Italians love to cook!!!!

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