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Beef Wellington Without Mushrooms

This Beef Wellington without mushrooms is absolutely divine. With tender, juicy beef browned to perfection and wrapped in a buttery, flaky pastry crust; this recipe is a true masterpiece.

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beef wellington on a platter

This classic dish is traditionally made with pate and mushrooms. In this version, we have made a few changes to simplify the recipe without sacrificing decadence or deliciousness.  

Please don’t be intimidated by all the steps. I promise that once you make this Beef Wellington recipe without mushrooms, you’ll quickly see how simple it is. 

What is Beef Wellington?

Beef wellington is a classic, decadent dish with a tender beef fillet coated in a flavorful layer, then wrapped in puff pastry.

Traditional recipes use mushrooms and pate under the pastry. For this easy beef wellington recipe, we’ll use prosciutto and simmered onions!

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What You’ll Love About this Beef Wellington No Mushrooms Recipe

  • Super easy
  • Minimal prep
  • Elegant presentation
  • Flaky, golden pastry
  • Juicy, flavorful beef
  • No mushrooms or pate

What You’ll Need for Beef Wellington Without Mushrooms

  • Beef tenderloin — center cut
  • Puff pastry or phyllo dough
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Spicy grain mustard
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Thyme
  • Red wine
  • Prosciutto
  • Egg
ingredients to make beef wellington

How to Make Beef Wellington

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Season the tenderloin with salt and pepper and use butcher’s twine to tie at 1-inch intervals. 

STEP TWO: Using a cast iron skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil on high until smoking. Sear all sides of the tenderloin for about 2 minutes each side.  Transfer to a plate and set aside to rest. 

searing beef

STEP THREE: In a small bowl, combine the spicy mustard, minced garlic, and black pepper. Once cooled, remove the twine from the tenderloin and discard. Rub the mustard mixture all over the beef and place it in the refrigerator to chill. 

beef wellington on a plate

STEP FOUR: Use the same skillet to heat the remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add in the onions and thyme and saute for 5 minutes before adding the red wine. Simmer for about 2-3 minutes, or enough time for the wine to reduce. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

cooking onions in a skillet

STEP FIVE: Line a cutting board with a double layer of plastic wrap about 2 feet long and 1 foot wide. Place a layer of puff pastry dough on top of the plastic wrap. Arrange the prosciutto in a thin, overlapping shingle pattern on top of the pastry. Leave about 2 inches at the top and bottom of the phyllo dough. Evenly spread the onion mixture over the prosciutto.

pastry with ingredients

STEP SIX: Next, position the chilled beef tenderloin at the bottom edge of the prosciutto. Gently fold in the edges of the pastry dough and roll the tenderloin, using the plastic wrap to keep everything tight. Trim off any excess dough and ensure the seams aren’t too thick.

wrapping beef wellington

STEP SEVEN: Tightly wrap the rolled tenderloin in plastic wrap and twist the ends to make it extra tight. Place the whole thing in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. 

wrapped beef wellington

STEP EIGHT: Once chilled, remove beef from the plastic and place it on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush the pastry with a beaten egg before cutting a few slits in the top of the dough. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

adding butter to beef wellington

STEP NINE: Bake for about 35-45 minutes. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the center of the roast, aiming for 110 degrees F for rare and 120 degrees F for medium rare. The pastry should be a golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow at least 10 minutes for cooling. Serve and enjoy!

beef wellington on a baking sheet

Easy Beef Wellington Recipe Substitutions

I highly recommend puff pastry or phyllo dough for this recipe. However, if unavailable, there are some Beef Wellington recipes out there that substitute pre-made croissant dough or pizza dough.

Feel free to improvise if needed, experiment if desired, and always remember to have fun in the kitchen!

What cut of beef should I use for this Easy Beef Wellington?

This recipe calls for beef tenderloin, but filet steaks or filet mignon are often used. These center cuts are the most tender and juicy parts of the cow. 

several slices of beef wellington

What to serve with this recipe For Beef Wellington

This rich and meaty dish goes well with almost any vegetable. Try some of these amazing recipes for inspiration:

sliced beef wellington without mushrooms

Where Does Beef Wellington Come From?

It is commonly held that Beef Wellington is of English origin and gets its name from the war hero and eventual prime minister of England, Arthur Wellesly, Duke of Wellington. 

The story of Beef Wellington is surrounded by colorful lore that I encourage you to explore if this type of history and/or folklore interests you. Some of it is quite funny!

Other Savory Beef Recipes You’ll Love:

beef wellington on a platter

Recipe For Beef Wellington (No Mushrooms)

Samantha Erb
Tender and juicy beef wellington without mushrooms is a classy and delicious meal idea!
4.59 from 81 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 to 6 servings
Calories 695 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pound center-cut beef tenderloin
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons spicy grain mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup onion minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ¼ pound thinly sliced prosciutto
  • 1 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Using butcher's twine, tie the tenderloin at 1-inch intervals. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a cast iron skillet set over high heat until smoking. Add the tenderloin and sear it on all sides, about 2 minutes each side. Transfer to a large plate to rest.
  • Combine spicy mustard, minced garlic, and ½ teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl. When the tenderloin has cooled enough to handle, cut off and discard the twine, then rub the mustard mixture over the beef. Chill in the refrigerator.
  • Heat remaining oil in the same skillet, set over medium-low heat. Saute onion and thyme for 5 minutes, then stir in the red wine. Let the skillet simmer for 2-3 minutes until the wine has reduced, then remove the skillet from the heat and let cool.
  • Lay a double layer of plastic wrap about 2 feet long and 1 foot wide on a cutting board. Set a layer of puff pastry dough on top of the plastic wrap. Shingle the prosciutto on top of the pastry to create a thin, even, overlapping layer, leaving a 2-inch border along the bottom and top of the phyllo dough. Spread the onion mixture evenly over the prosciutto.
  • Place the chilled beef tenderloin along the very bottom edge of the prosciutto. Carefully fold in the edges and roll the tenderloin, using the plastic wrap to help keep it tight. Make sure the seams aren’t too thick, and trim off any excess pastry.
  • Wrap the rolled tenderloin with plastic wrap, twisting the ends to make sure it is very tight. Return to the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place beef on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush the top of the pastry with beaten egg, then cut a few slits in the top of the dough. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and the center of the roast reads 110 degrees F for rare or 120 degrees F for medium-rare on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 695kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 35gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 864mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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10 thoughts on “Beef Wellington Without Mushrooms”

  1. Can I prepare this 24-48 hours before cooking in oven? Should it be left out of the fridge for an hour if it is in the fridge for more that 24 hours?

    Reply
    • Yes! You can leave this in the fridge overnight covered and cook it the next day! I would leave it out for about 10 minutes, but nothing more is needed.

    • Hi Sue, yes! The beef wellington is chilled before being cooked anyway, so you can just keep it in the fridge overnight and take it out when you’re ready to cook!

  2. I live in rural eastern North Dakota and had a hard time finding a whole tenderloin or even something comparable, so I used center cut sirloin steaks and made individual beef wellingtons. I had to alter cook time but this recipe is spot on! It was fantastic. 100/10!

    Reply
    • Hi Diane, it will depend on how large the portions will be, but I would start at about 20-30 minutes. Just check the temperature of the meat before removing it from the oven depending on the doneness level you like.

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