In the mood for something rich and hearty to grace your dinner table? Why not try pan searing a deliciously marinated steak and accompany it with a freshly made marinara sauce and pasta? I give you Steak Promodoro! This dish is loaded with all your favorite classic Italian flavors: balsamic vinegar, tomatoes, basil, and garlic! You’ll be surprised how easy this was to make. Seriously. Impress your next dinner guests when you tell them the marinade and the pasta sauce was from scratch! All done in less than an hour. This dish will satisfy all your demanding taste buds all at once!
This was a dish that needed to happen in my life. Especially last night. This teacher has had a rough back-to-school beginning, which I’ve never experienced so acutely in 10 years of teaching. Honestly, I was looking forward to this year. My awesome 7th graders would now be 8th graders (I loop with my students for all 3 years of middle school) and I was so excited to see them at the end of summer. I couldn’t wait to hit the ground running with hands on labs and engineering projects. Oh we were going to take on the world! Me and my 8th graders….. And then our school population grew by over 120 students and still counting! Class sizes are much larger than I’m used to and there are a ton of new students. The dynamic of my smallish classes were obliterated. This influx, naturally lead to many behavior issues, middle school students love showing off and testing boundaries with each other. The “feeling out” process of a new middleschooler, let alone many, is much like watching elaborate mating rituals of exotic birds or a wild cats marking their territory. Suffice to say, it’s been a zoo, and I’ve been feeling more like a lion tamer than a teacher most days.
Yesterday was one such day where I came home feeling tattered and frayed. I needed to gain control in some aspect of my life. Cooking always seems to be my best friend when chaos abounds. I knew, the minute I left school, I needed meat and carbs in a rich format that would subdue my frustrations and lull me to sleep. It was the only way I would ever get over the catastrophe that was my morning and afternoon…. that and a few cocktails. But what to make? I certainly wasn’t going to the store. Lord knows I might have blown up at some innocent bystander who even dared to look at me sideways. So what did I have at home? Hmmmmm steak, pasta, tomatoes from the garden that need to be used up. A plan was forming!
An darn right, it did the trick! I made a new and delicious meal that got me smiling and helped regain a bit of my confidence. The world was righting itself once more. Somehow, the next day at work was remarkably improved. Could it have been the food? Who knows? I’d like to think so.
Marinate the steak in a plastic zip bag with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and herbs for at least 20 minutes.
In the meantime add tomatoes, onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and herbs to a pan on medium heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
Melt butter in another large pan with herbs on medium heat.
Add the steak to the pan and allow it to cook for about 6-8 minutes on each side.
Serve over pasta.
- 1 lb tri tip steak
- 5 cloves garlic, diced and divided
- 2/3 cup olive oil, divided
- 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar, divided
- 2 tbsp dried italian herbs, divided
- 5 cups fresh diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cup onion, diced
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 2 tsp garlic salt
- 1 lb spaghetti pasta
- In a gallon zip bag, add steak, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp Italian herbs.
- Toss, zip, and set aside at room temperature for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile add tomatoes, onion, remaining garlic, basil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, garlic salt, and 1 tbsp olive oil to a large sauce pan on medium heat and cook for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Prepare pasta according to package directions.
- Melt butter on medium heat in another pan along with the other 1 tbsp of Italian herbs.
- Once the butter is melted, add steak to the pan.
- Cook the steak for about 6-8 minutes each on both sides.
- Serve steak and sauce over pasta.
- If you choose to marinate the steak longer than 20 minutes, do so in the refrigerator.