Creamy Parmesan Steak Penne with peppers and onions

(from castro15’s recipe box)

Categories: Pasta


  • 2 Green Onions
  • 5 oz. Penne Pasta
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 10 oz. Steak Strips
  • 4 fl. oz. Light Cream
  • 1 oz. Grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes


  1. Bring 8 cups water and 2 tsp. salt to a boil in a medium pot.

  2. Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente, 10-12 minutes. Reserve ¼ cup pasta cooking water. Drain pasta in a colander and return to pot to keep warm. While pasta cooks, prepare ingredients.

  3. Halve and peel onion. Slice halves into thin strips. Stem, seed, remove ribs, and slice red bell pepper into thin strips. Mince garlic. Trim and thinly slice green onions. Pat steak strips dry, and season with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.

  4. Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-low heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add onion and ¼ tsp. salt to hot pan. Stir occasionally until onion is lightly caramelized, 15-20 minutes. Transfer onions to a plate. Reserve pan; no need to wipe clean. While onion caramelizes, cook steak strips and peppers.

  5. Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil. Add steak strips, red bell peppers, and garlic. Stir occasionally until no pink remains on steak strips and peppers are crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes. Stir in reserved pasta water, caramelized onion, green onions (reserve a pinch for garnish), and ¼ tsp. salt. Remove from burner.

  6. Add cream to pan used to cook onions. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from burner and stir in Parmesan, pasta, and ¼ tsp. salt. Stir pasta-sauce mixture into steak strip-peppers mixture. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing with reserved green onions and red pepper flakes (to taste). Bon appétit!

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