Greek Pasta Salad with Steak

    35 minutes

    A pasta salad with seared steak pieces and sun dried tomato pesto. One quick, unique and healthy meal that will liven up your taste buds.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 250g wholemeal penne
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 500g scotch fillet steaks, or steaks of your choice
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 4 shallots, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
    • 1/2 cup (125g) sun-dried tomato pesto
    • 1/2 cup (75g) sliced black olives
    • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
    • 1 teaspoon basil
    • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
    • 1/2 cup (60g) crumbled feta cheese
    • 3 tablespoons sunflower kernels

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. When cooked, drain, then toss with olive oil and keep warm.
    2. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a frypan over medium-high heat. Sear the steaks on both sides until rosy-pink in the centre, 7 to 10 minutes depending on thickness. Remove steaks from pan and cut into bite-size pieces.
    3. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the same frypan, and stir in the garlic and shallots. Cook 30 seconds until fragrant, then return the steak to the pan and cook for another 5 minutes or to desired doneness. Stir in the soy sauce, and cook a few seconds longer, allowing it to evaporate.
    4. Remove the frypan from the heat and stir in the sun-dried tomato pesto, olives, spinach, basil, parsley, feta cheese and sunflower kernels. Toss with the pasta in a large bowl and serve.

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    Loved it. Added some cherry tomatoes and the dish was delicious. Will definitely have this meal regularly.  -  17 Mar 2011


    This was delicious! My local grocery stores carry sun-dried tomato pesto in the deli and in the pasta sauce aisle (Classico makes a good one) so check both places in case you have trouble locating it. My husband loved this, I loved this, and the friends I made it for also loved it--you really can't go wrong! Next time, I'll use chicken instead of steak, but this is a recipe I'll make many more times in the future. Thanks!  -  08 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Wow, where did this come from?!? Sun-dried tomato pesto? Strangely, I could only find it at Target. What a surprise! The mix of ingredients was heavenly! FLAT IRON STEAK WAS PERFECT...LESS PREP TOO. I DID CUT BACK THE OIL A BIT. Gimme more from this chef! THIS PICTURE DOES NOT REALLY LOOK LIKE THE DISH....AND THE SPINACH IS NOT PART OF A "SAUCE" it's part of the dish. i used the whole grain penne and LOVED it.  -  26 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)