Loved this dish! I'm a big fan of tossing fresh greens into hot pasta. Leftovers the following day were good, as well, when I warmed the pasta ever-so-briefly in the microwave, drizzled a bit more dressing, then added another handful of arugula and a few shards of Parmigian-Reggiano. Delicioso!
• Penne with Beef and Arugula•
recipe by Giada de Laurentiis
• 1 (1 pound) New York Strip Steak
• 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
• 1 pound penne pasta
• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
• 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for steak and pasta water
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for steak
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
• 2 cups arugula
1. Season the steak with salt and freshly ground black pepper, herbs de Provence, and minced garlic. In a skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Cook steak about 7 minutes per side. Remove the meat from the pan and let set for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the steak. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender, but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, the Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, fresh herbs, and 3/4 cup of olive oil. In a large bowl, toss the pasta with half of the salad dressing and the reserved pasta water. Add the arugula and steak, more dressing, and season with salt and freshly ground pepper, as needed.
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