This easy and flavorful steak pasta is a weeknight staple! With tender steak and a creamy garlic cheese sauce, this will be a family favorite!
Whenever I am out of ideas for dinner, I tend to turn to an easy pasta recipe. They are so versatile and easy!
Adds some protein and your favorite sauce and voila. One of my favorite go-to pasta dinners is this steak pasta.
Do you need to make your own sauce?
Nope. If you have a favorite white sauce (or red for that matter) you can use that instead of making your own.
This recipe for a garlic white sauce is easy but I totally understand using a tasty store bought!
What you need for steak pasta?
Pasta- I used penne but use any noodle type.
Cream Sauce – butter, cornstarch or flour, garlic, chicken broth, milk, mozzarella, parmesan, salt, and pepper.
Steak- flat iron steak, sirloin, or ribeye, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Additional Toppings- sundried tomatoes, spinach (fresh), green chile (optional but tasty!), parsley, red pepper flakes
What type of steak should you use?
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I used the flat iron steaks for this steak pasta and loved every bite!
How to make steak pasta?
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Bring a large pot of water to a boil then add dried pasta a cook until al dente.
Season steak with salt and pepper. The heat a little oil in a pan and cook steak until it is done to your preferred internal temperature.
Make the cream sauce by first sautéing the garlic in butter. Then add cornstarch to thicken. Stir in broth and milk, stirring frequently. Then stir in cheese until melted.
Add in the cooked pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, green chile, and the spinach. Stir an allow pasta to cook for a pew more minutes to wilt the spinach.
Slice the steak and add to pasta. Garnish with red pepper flakes, parsley, and more parmesan cheese!
What kind of pasta goes with steak?
I love using penne or fettucine.
Best way to cook steak?
This is all up to your preference, available time, and equipment. For this recipe I just cooked them in a cast iron skillet but you can grill or smoke them if you want.
Can you use leftover steak?
Absolutely! I will often use leftover tri tip to add to pasta dishes.
Can I use other meat?
Yes, chicken also goes well with this dish. Just make sure it is cooked before you add it to the pasta.
- 12 oz penne pasta
- 1 lb flat iron steak or ribeye or sirloin
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch or 1 tbs flour
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- ½ cup chicken broth
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup mozzarella
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ⅓ cup Sundried Tomatoes
- 2 cups Spinach fresh
- ¼ cup green chile roasted, peeled, and chopped (can use canned)
- Parsley chopped for garnish
- Red Pepper Flakes for garnish
- Cook pasta according to package instructions. Bring a large pot of water to a boil then add dried pasta a cook until al dente.12 oz penne pasta
- Season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper.Salt and Pepper
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Once pan is hot add oil.1 tbs olive oil
- When oil is heated, cook steak for 2-4 minutes each side, until the center reaches your desired temperature. For a medium rare steak remove when the internal temperature is at 130-135°F so the carry over heat will rise to 140°F-145°F. Once cooked to your desired doneness remove steak from pan and set aside.1 lb flat iron steak
Make Cream Sauce
- Melt butter in a large fry pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.2 tbs butter, 3 garlic cloves
- Whisk in cornstarch (or flour if using) until fully dissolved. Stir in broth and milk, stirring frequently. Allow the sauce to thicken and start to boil.1 teaspoon cornstarch, ½ cup chicken broth, ½ cup milk
- Once sauce is boiling add in mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Stir until melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.¼ cup mozzarella, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, Salt and pepper
- Add in the cooked pasta noodles.
- Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes, green chile, and the spinach. Allow pasta to cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the spinach is wilted. You can turn the heat off and cover with a lid until spinach is wilted.⅓ cup Sundried Tomatoes, 2 cups Spinach, ¼ cup green chile
- Slice steak and add to the pasta. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, red pepper flakes and extra parmesan as a garnish.Parsley, Red Pepper Flakes
- If you have a favorite premade alfredo sauce you can use that! Just heat in a medium sauce pan then poor over cooked noodles. Add sun dried tomatoes and spinach for extra flavor!
- Use a good thermometer to tell if your meat is cooked! I love using this one! (Thermoworks affiliate link)