Sunday, March 18, 2012

Beef with Smoked Almonds- it's what's for dinner.

Do you remember the Beef- It's What's for Dinner, commercial? Is it still on the air? Ever since the DVR came into my house, I refuse to watch commercials. Anyway, my hubby loves steak but we all know the consequences of eating too much red meat so we keep it once a week or less and when I make it I want it to be truly delicious and worth it. Giada's spaghetti with beef, smoked almonds and basil will make you want to lick your plate clean. It's that good.

Spaghetti with Beef, Smoked Almonds and Basil

by Giada De Laurentiis


  • 1 pound (1-inch thick) beef tenderloin steaks *see Cook's Note
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
  • Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling, plus 1/4 cup
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 packed cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup chopped smoked almonds
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves


Place an oven rack in the upper 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the steaks on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the Herbes de Provence on both sides of the steaks and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 10 to 12 minutes for medium-well. Let the steaks rest for 10 minutes.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water.
In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Process until the mixture is coarsely chopped.
Place the cooked pasta, tomato mixture and smoked almonds in a large serving bowl. Toss well and thin out the sauce with a little pasta water, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped basil. Slice the steaks into 1/4-inch thick slices and serve alongside the pasta.
*Cook's Note: The steaks can also be grilled over medium-high heat on a preheated grill pan or gas or charcoal grill for about 5 minutes each side.

Do you limit your red meat intake? 


  1. Oh this looks amazing! It would be a husband pleaser in our house!

  2. I love that you keep doing food network recipes. I've tried quite a few from my favorites on there and some of them aren't that good :( I think sometimes the techniques and ingredients they use aren't practical. Who is your favorite chef?