Steak Pizzaiola With Arugula

We found this recipe in the Rachel Ray magazine, and cut it down to serve the two of us, instead of 4 people.

It smelled wonderful, as it was cooking, and tasted delicious. There were lots of steps in the preparation, so Mr. D was a bit tired by the time he finished cooking it. The effort was worthwhile though, and he promises to make it again.

To give you the big picture, here’s a summary of the steps:

  • Cook the pasta
  • While it’s cooking, cook the steak in the frying pan
  • Put the steak in a broiler pan
  • Prepare the tomato sauce, and pour over the steak
  • Top with cheese, and broil
  • Add parmesan and arugula to pasta
  • Serve the pasta and steak

Steak Pizzaiola With Arugula

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces linguine
  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 boneless sirloin or rib-eye steaks (about 6 oz. each)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/2 bunch arugula (2 oz.)

Directions

  1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook linguine according to package instructions. Drain; return to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium-low heat.
  3. Add the garlic and cook until golden, 5 minutes; transfer to a cutting board and finely chop.
  4. Season the steaks with salt. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the steaks and cook, turning once, for 5 minutes for medium-rare; transfer to a broiler-safe pan and reserve the skillet.
  5. Preheat the broiler. Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes, their juices and the garlic; season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  7. Pour the sauce over the steaks and top with the mozzarella.
  8. Broil until the cheese is melted and browned in spots, about 3 minutes.
  9. Place the pasta pot over the medium heat and add the remaining 2 tbsp. oil, the parmesan and arugula.
  10. Cook until the arugula is wilted; season with salt and pepper. Serve the steaks with the pasta.

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