Monday, January 23, 2012

Steak & Farfalle Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce

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Any recipe with steak or pasta, my husband loves.
Put the two together... how could I go wrong??
(even if it is consider "clean eating.")

Steak & Farfalle Pasta with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Here is what you will need to make this tasty dish:
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely minced, divided
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lb lean eye round steak, cubed
  • 16 oz whole-wheat farfalle pasta
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 medium yellow onion- finely diced
  • 1 28-oz jar or can no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 8 oz low-fat sour cream

Here are the ingredients you will need to prepare the marinade.
Yes, that is cinnamon! I have never used cinnamon in any marinade that I have made, but it was surprisingly good! It added a nice warm taste to the entire meal. So, if you are hesitant because you think cinnamon and steak do not go together... just give it a try!! You may enjoy it!

Let's make that marinade:

Steak, cubed

In a bowl, whisk together 3 cloves garlic, vinegar, Dijon, cinnamon and pepper.

 Pour marinade over steak cubes in another container, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. (You can also leave steak to marinate overnight.)

The rest of the ingredients you will need.

Cook farfalle according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
(I had a major brain fart at the grocery store, knew that I was looking for farfalle pasta, was certain that was what I had picked up. Then when I got home and started putting everything away... I saw that I bought penne pasta. Great. So, I used about a quarter of a box of farfalle and the rest penne. Yay, me.)

Drain steak cubes and discard marinade. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or nonstick skillet over high heat for 1 minute.  Reduce heat to medium-high, mist with cooking spray and saute steak until browned on each side, about 4 minutes total.

Remove steak from pan and set aside.

Mist same pan with cooking spray again, add onion and remaining 2 cloves garlic and saute until brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes and reduce the heat to medium low.

Add seasoning, basil, sour cream and combine.

Cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, then mix in reserved steak and cook for 2 more minutes, until the meat and sauce are completely warmed.

Serve 1 cup farfalle (or penne...) with 3/4 cup steak sauce. Garnish with an additional sprinkling of Italian seasoning, if desired.

Serves: 8
Hands-on time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour


  1. I'm going to try this! Thank you for posting all the steps with pics :)

  2. Are there any particular proportion for the marinade ingredients?

  3. How much cinnamon?