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This June 9, 2014 photo shows easy steak and cheese pasta in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Steak and cheese grinder recast as a pasta dinner
First Published Jul 22 2014 07:05 pm • Last Updated Jul 22 2014 07:28 pm

Parents love back-to-school season because it gets the whole family back on a schedule. Parents hate back-to-school season because that schedule usually leaves too little time to get dinner on the table.

And it usually takes a solid month of shakedown to work out the bugs in that schedule, sorting out which days leave time for a home cooked meal, and which simply demand take-out. The meals we do make during that month need to be particularly fast and easy. September simply isn’t the time to reach for new culinary heights.

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Easy steak and cheese pasta

12-ounces whole-wheat spaghetti or other pasta

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced

1 large red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced

1 large green bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 pounds flank steak, sliced very thinly across the grain

4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, in a small glass, mix together soy sauce, tomato paste, water and cornstarch.

While the pasta cooks, in a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add onion, both peppers and garlic. Saute until tender and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the steak and saute until just barely cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the soy sauce mixture and return to a simmer, cooking for 2 minutes, or until thickened.

Add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss well to coat with the sauce and mix with the vegetables and steak. Add the cheese and toss until melted and mixed into the sauce.

Servings » 6

Source: The Associated Press

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That was the inspiration for this pasta dinner, a rethinking of the classic steak and cheese grinder, but as a comforting bowl of carbs. If rice is more your style, the cheesy steak and onions would be just as good served over that. Or if you are watching the carbs, you also could spoon the mixture over bowls of steamed or roasted vegetables.




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