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Those of you who are regular readers of my blog know that I love fast, easy recipes – perfect for weeknights. And now that there is a new addition to our family, I think that fast and easy is not only going to make life easier, but it will probably be necessary in order to even get dinner on the table here for the next few months.

This recipe definitely falls into the quick and easy category. Another category I’d throw it into is inexpensive. I will admit that I used cheap steaks for this – and although this would be excellent with a delicious, high quality steak, it was still good with the cheap steak. I guess the tomato-mushroom ragu covered up the fact that I went cheap on the steak!

Serving this steak alone would be great, but I took the suggestion from the magazine and served the steaks over polenta – I made mine cheesy polenta! – and it was a great accompaniment. A tasty, inexpensive meal – all in under half an hour!!

Steaks with Tomato-Mushroom Ragu
from Every Day with Rachael Ray February 2009

2 beef sirloin steaks (about 2 pounds)
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
one 6-ounce package cremini mushrooms, sliced (I used button because I had some on hand)
3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
one 28-ounce can crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Season the steaks with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side; transfer to a plate.

In the same skillet, add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, the mushrooms and garlic; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, 1/2 cup water and the crushed red pepper; bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, then return the steaks to the skillet and cook until heated through. Serve the steaks topped with the tomato ragu and grated cheese.

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25 Responses to Steaks with Tomato-Mushroom Ragu

  1. Paula says:

    It’s great to see your post! Hope you are feeling recovered! Mmmm … polenta! Love it! Love the ragu you made as well. Inexpensive and quick is a great mantra. Hope all is going well with your little sweetheart! 🙂

  2. jen says:

    I agree, cheap, easy and quick recipes are wonderful. Especially with so much going on! Congrats on your new addition 🙂 she’s beautiful.

    And kudos for being back up and blogging so soon!

  3. The Mediocre Cook says:

    Congrats on the arrival of you daughter! And well done on blogging again so quickly afterwards!

    Regardless of whether they were cheap steaks or not they certainly look good from here. I recently tried my hand at polenta and I think I need some time to improve on it.

  4. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Such recipes are always very enjoyable! Yummy!



  5. noble pig says:

    Yes quick and easy, the new mommy’s mantra. This lloks delicious!

  6. kamailesfood says:

    Even though this was a quick and easy meal, it looks pretty fancy! I don’t think I cooked for a month after I had my baby thanks to helpful neighbors and freezer meals. Nice job getting back in the kitchen.

  7. Sylvie says:

    That looks like a great topping for steak and like you I always welcome a quick recipe for the days when I get home late from work.

  8. Debbie says:

    This looks delicious and I like the fact that it is quicka nd easy!!! I winning combo!

  9. Dawn says:

    This is kind of a nice meal for fast & easy! I don't know how you do it with a new baby! Looks fabulous

  10. Ingrid says:

    Quick, easy, & cheap are totally okay when it all works out to flavorful!! Especially when you have a little when to take care of as well as everything else!

    Many blessings to you & the family!

  11. Donna-FFW says:

    LOVE this recipe. I have it earmarked in the magazine as well. Im glad to know you liked it. I am adding it to my menu soon!!! Hope all is well with you!

  12. Michelle says:

    If you really want to go cheap you could use butter beans or cannelli beans instead of beef. Tomatoes and polenta would be lovely like that!

    You’re already back to cooking and blogging, what a champ 🙂

  13. Claire says:

    I’m so impressed…I have no child and don’t even cook as elegantly as this.

  14. Elyse says:

    i’m not generally a steak girl (or really a meat girl for that matter), but i must admit that your pictures got my stomach growling! now that’s an accomplishment. the steak looks divine. add in the polenta, and i think you’ve just converted me!

  15. kat says:

    Wow, I can’t believe you are back to posting already!

  16. chuck says:

    I’m sure this will become a family favorite of mine. With working all day it’s sometime nice to come home and cook something quick. Yummy!

  17. Grace says:

    i think polenta is the best of all juice soaker-uppers. 🙂

  18. Sophie says:

    It’s good to have you back! Though I understand about the whole quick dinner thing, I usually have to resort to quick dinners during the week, but I don’t have a cute reason for it :P. The great thing is this looks like it took hours to make, I know this is a husband-pleaser of a recipe :).

  19. Maria says:

    I am sure your schedule has changed drastically, quick and easy is going to come in handy:) You make it look gourmet though! I love it!! I hope everyone is doing well at your house!

  20. Colleen says:

    This looks so good! Who cares if it’s a cheap cut? It’s all in the way that it’s cooked!

  21. Kevin says:

    That looks like a really tasty meal!

  22. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, this is fantastic – I love quick recipes like this one here too. After spending an hour to get home, all I want is to have extra time to enjoy myself and my husband. Weeknight dinners like this are perfect for that!

  23. Emily says:

    This sounds like an affordable and delicious dinner! A winner for sure. The picture is gorgeous.

  24. My Carolina Kitchen says:

    This looks so good – it’s making me hungry just looking at the photo. Congratulations on the arrival of your daughter – she’s a doll.

  25. glamah16 says:

    I didnt believe you be back so soon blogging, and here you are. Tgis dish is a keeper.Hope you and baby are well.

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