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Beef with Tomatoes, Pasta, and Chili Sauce

Makes 4 servings

Total Time
35 mins

While researching a story on Peruvian cooking ("Peruvian Passage," June 2006), we came across tallarĂ­n saltado, a popular fusion dish that combines Asian stir-fry techniques with beef, fresh tomatoes, Asian chili sauce, and Italian spaghetti. It was a hit here at Sunset: It's fast and easy, and you can substitute other meats, vegetables, or different kinds of pasta. This is our favorite combination, using broccoli and fusilli. Prep and Cook Time: 35 minutes. Notes: Slicing the beef is easier if it has been chilled for 20 to 30 minutes in the freezer. For less spicy heat, decrease or leave out the chili sauce.

Beef with Tomatoes, Pasta, and Chili Sauce

James Carrier
 1/2 pound fusilli pasta
 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
 1 pound beef sirloin, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/4-in.-thick slices
 1 large onion, halved lengthwise and cut into thin wedges
 3 cups broccoli florets (about 1 in. each)
 3 tablespoons soy sauce
 1 tablespoon Sriracha (Asian red chili sauce)
 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 3 medium tomatoes, cut into 1-in.-thick wedges
Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add fusilli. Cook until tender to the bite, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add beef and cook until it starts to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir and let it continue to brown for 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer beef to a plate, reserving oil, and set aside.

Step 3

Add onion to the pan and cook, stirring often, until it begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add broccoli and cook until bright green, 2 to 3 minutes. Add soy sauce, Sriracha, cilantro, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes and reserved beef and cook until tomatoes begin to release their juices, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Add the cooked fusilli, stir, and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated or been absorbed by the pasta, 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with additional soy sauce or Sriracha. Serve hot with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, if desired.

Step 4

Variations: This dish is extremely flexible, and the soy-chili sauce tastes great with any of the following additions and/or substitutions.

Step 5

Chicken or shrimp: Use 1 lb. boned, skinned chicken breasts cut into 1/4-in.-thick strips, or 1 lb. medium shelled and deveined shrimp.

Step 6

Other vegetables: Add your favorite green vegetable (such as green beans or zucchini) in addition to or in place of the broccoli. You can also toss in a thinly sliced red or green bell pepper or 1 cup thinly sliced green cabbage (add at the same time as the onion).

Step 7

Swap pastas: Try using penne pasta instead of fusilli. Or, for a more authentically Peruvian version, use spaghetti.

Step 8

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Makes 4 servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 596Calories from Fat 39
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g40%

Saturated Fat 7.9g40%
Cholesterol 76mg26%
Sodium 1276mg54%
Total Carbohydrate 58g20%

Dietary Fiber 6.4g26%
Protein 34g68%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.