Steak Pizzaiola Recipe

Steak Pizzaiola Recipe
Staff Writer
Steak Pizzaiola Recipe

Molly Aronica

This hearty, comforting dish may taste like it costs a fortune, but it will only set you back a few dollars. Typically, when it comes to budget meals for two, it's easy to assume that cooking steak will be way too luxurious. This dish uses a cheaper cut of beef that's braised in tomato sauce to add extra flavor and tenderness. 

Total cost: $6.68

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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped ($.57)
  • ¾ pound eye round steak, seasoned with salt ($4.13)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • One 28-ounce can whole tomatoes ($1.49)
  • ½ pound pasta, cooked according to package directions ($.49)


In a heavy pot over medium heat, add the olive oil and onions and cook until translucent, then set the onions aside. Turn the heat up to medium-high and sear the steak on all sides, then transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat to low and return the onion to the pot, along with the salt, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and tomatoes. Gently submerge the steak in the sauce, cover the pot, and let it simmer for at least an hour, or until the meat is tender. 

Serve immediately over pasta. 

Steak Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Steak Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.