Pesto Stuffed Beef Tenderloin


Try this pesto stuffed beef tenderloin for your next cookout. Perfect for grilling or you can broil it as well.

This is not a low calorie, low Weight Watchers Points meal, so be sure to save up some extra points and enjoy this steak for a hearty meal.

With pesto on the inside and butter brushed on top, this grilled dinner has tons of flavor to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Below are the list of ingredients, directions, recipe nutrition information and Weight Watchers points.

Pesto Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

This beef tenderloin recipe is stuffed with the taste of bold basil flavor from the pesto. Cook it to your desired taste.

Recipe Type:

Beef, Main Dish, Grill

Degree of Difficulty:



  • 2 (1-inch-thick) beef tenderloin steaks, 4 oz each
  • 2 Tbs pesto
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder or garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  1. Heat grill on medium heat.
  2. With a sharp knife, make a 1 inch slit in the side of each steak.
  3. Make a pocket in the steak by moving the knife around.
  4. Spoon half of the pesto into each steak spreading it around.
  5. Melt butter in microwave on low power. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder. Blend to mix well.
  6. Brush each side of the steaks with 1/2 the melted butter.
  7. Place steaks on grill approximately 4 to 6 inches from heat.
  8. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on desired doneness).
  9. Turn steaks and brush with remaining butter mixture.
  10. Cook for an addition 3 to 5 minutes.
  11. Remove steaks from heat and cover. Allow to rest 2 to 3 minutes.

Cooking Times

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition facts shown below for the pesto stuffed beef tenderloin are per serving. The number of serving is noted in the header section below. The serving size is the first item noted on the nutrition facts table.

Nutrition Per Serving

Number of Servings: 2
Serving Size 1 steak
Calories 362
Total Fat 27.9g
      Sat Fat 10.0g
Cholesterol 100.7mg
Sodium 450.8mg
Total Carbohydrates 1.5g
      Fiber <1g
      Sugar <1g
Protein 25.0g

Weight Watchers Points

11 pts
Non FreeStyle:
11 pts
10 pts
10 pts

All ingredients for the pesto stuffed beef tenderloin were included with calculating the Weight Watchers Points.


For the desired doneness of your steak, use the finger/thumb method of your hand. Check out this article How to Tell when your steak is done.

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