Here’s a meal that really delivers on our Monday theme of Big Taste Small Budget Meals, and it even has the word “steak” in the title. I first encountered this dish at a local Italian restaurant, where they serve it with sauteed spinach and linguine. I loved the combination and was soon making my own version at home. It’s a wonderful way to use some of the more inexpensive cuts of beef. I can usually make this for about the same cost as a frozen pizza, and it takes about the same time to cook as well. The concept is brilliantly simple – beef, lightly browned in a skillet, then quickly simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce until tender. That’s it. I told you it was simple.
The recipe below is the way I like it, but you can easily customize the amounts of any of the ingredients to suit your preference. There’s lots of room for error here, so go for it. You could add a few ingredients as well, like diced onions or bell peppers if you had some on hand. Just follow the basic steps and you really can’t go wrong. You can dress it up for guests, or put it on the weekly menu for your family. It’s a super versatile dish that may just become one of your go-to meals.
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