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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman

Paccheri with Steak and Peppers

10 MINPrep Time
15 MINCook Time
by Giada De Laurentiis
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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This hearty dish was inspired by my family in Italy. It's easy, kid-friendly and filling, making it a great quick weeknight dinner.

Paccheri with Steak and Peppers

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes


Giada De Laurentiis

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  • 1 pound pasta, such as Paccheri or Calamarata
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more for serving)
  • 1 pound top sirloin (cut into 1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (divided)
  • 1 clove garlic (smashed and peeled)
  • 1 small red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 small orange bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
  • 2 cups packed baby arugula


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season the water well with salt. Add the paccheri and cook 2 minutes less than package directions, about 10 minutes. Drain well reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and sirloin to the pan and season with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown on all sides, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic clove and cook a minute longer. Add the peppers, remaining salt and pepper flakes to the pan and cook, stirring often, for another 3 minutes or until the peppers are soft. Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the pan followed by the drained pasta. Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese on the bare pasta and toss well to coat in the pasta water sauce. Keep stirring and tossing while adding the remaining cup of cheese and pasta water as needed until a light creamy sauce has formed and is coating the pasta. Add the arugula and toss to wilt slightly. Serve with more olive oil and parmesan cheese if desired.
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2 reviews & comments

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    PJ Bennett - Jun 09

    Delicious! Love the pasta – perfect compliment with the other ingredients. Easy to substitute different greens and other types of peppers. Bravo!

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    Kathy Vetro - Jun 09

    Made this tonight. Really simple and really good! Now I have plenty of leftovers for lunch this week!

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