This relatively simple dish to prepare offers a surprisingly zesty taste and a mix of textures.
Step 1: Ingredients
12 oz of your favorite penne pasta (gluten free used here)
1 lb of your favorite steak (sirloin used here)
2 cups of quartered button mushrooms (about one small package)
2 cups of matchstick carrots
2 cups of sliced onion (about 1 large)
1/3 cup of lime juice (about 5 limes)
2/3 cup light virgin olive oil plus 1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoon black and red pepper blend
Start by collecting all of the ingredients. There are four main components to this dish (pasta, steak, vegetables, and sauce). Ideally you want to prepare the sauce first, and cook the remaining three in parallel so that the dish can be served piping hot.
Step 2: Prepare the Sauce
Start by squeezing the limes (need about 1/3 of a cup of juice).
Add 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar to the lime juice.
Add 2/3 cup of olive oil to the lime juice.
Add 1-1/2 teaspoons of black and red pepper blend to the lime juice (more for those with a spicy palate).
Step 4: Prepare the Vegetables
Start by slicing the onion (need about two cups).
Cut the mushrooms into quarters after removing the stems and any dirt.
Step 6: Preheat
You are now ready to start cooking the pasta, steak, and vegetables in parallel.
Start preheating your grill to medium-high for the steak (steak can be broiled or fried if grill isn't available).
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a large frying pan and preheat to medium-high for the vegetables.
Start boiling a pot of water for the pasta.
Step 7: Cook the Pasta
Prepare the pasta according to the directions on the package.
Step 8: Cooking the Vegetables
Add onions and carrots to the frying pan. Saute for three minutes.
Add mushrooms to the frying pan, then continue sauteing till tender (approximately three more minutes).
Step 10: Cook the Steak
Grill steak to desired doneness. Cut steak into bite sized cubes.
Step 11: Putting It All Together
Once pasta, steak, and vegetables are cooked, stir sauce one more time then mix all of the ingredients together.
Step 12: Serve and Enjoy!
Serve hot, and individuals can season to taste with salt & pepper.