Grilled Skirt Steak, Za’atar and Feta Cheese with Fettuccine
Bring the flavors of the Middle East to your dinner plate tonight with this flavorful fettuccine recipe. Skirt steak marinated in za’atar—a blend of Middle Eastern spices and herbs, including thyme, sumac and sesame seeds—is grilled to perfection and garnished with grape tomatoes and feta cheese. Use this savory, spiced steak goodness as a topping for "al dente" fettuccine pasta and you've got a fusion pasta recipe that captures the spirit of the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
Fettuccine with Grilled Skirt Steak, Za’atar & FetaServes: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 box Barilla® Fettuccine
1-1/2 lb. beef skirt steak
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon za’atar
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
2 cups reduced-fat feta cheese, plus additional for garnish
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1. Heat grill to high. Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl; toss well. Let stand 10 minutes to marinate.
2. Grill steak 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until done (145°F). Let rest 5 minutes before thinly slicing.
3. Meanwhile, cook fettuccine pasta as directed on package. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta water. Return pasta and pasta water to pot. Add tomatoes and 2 cups cheese. Mix well. Cook on medium heat until cheese softens, stirring frequently. Season with additional salt and pepper.
4. Transfer fettuccine to serving bowl. Top with skirt steak, parsley and additional cheese.
Ingredient Tip: The flavorful Middle Eastern spice blend known as za’atar is a usually a mixture of dried thyme, sesame seed and sumac. Most large grocery stores will stock this in the spice aisle, but it may also be found in the international food section.
Photo Credit: Lou Manna