Steak with puttanesca sauce

This is a really quick recipe for dressing up lean round steak. A gutsy tomato sauce, boosted with anchovies and capers, is made in the same pan, and all that’s needed is some crusty French bread and a side salad for a deliciously easy meal.

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4servings 10minutes 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
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  1. Lay the anchovies flat in a small dish, spoon over the milk and leave to soak while you begin preparing the sauce. (This soaking will remove a lot of the saltiness from the anchovies to give a mellower flavour.)
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large, heavy-based, ridged frying pan, add the onion and cook gently for 3-4 minutes until soft.
  3. Stir in the garlic and chili pepper, then add the tomatoes, capers and oregano. Drain off and discard the milk from the anchovies, roughly chop the anchovies and add to the sauce. Stir around and cook gently for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are lightly cooked. Tip the sauce out into a bowl and set aside while cooking the steaks.
  4. Rinse out the pan and reheat. Brush the steaks lightly on both sides with the remaining oil and season with some freshly ground black pepper. Place the steaks in the hot pan and cook over a medium'high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side for rare or 4-6 minutes on each side for medium.
  5. Pour the sauce over the steaks in the pan and heat through, then serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Variations: This sauce is equally good served with pan-fried skinless chicken breasts or chunky white fish steaks. For a vegetarian option, leave out the anchovies and serve the puttanesca sauce with pasta or cheesy potato cakes.

Each serving: 28 g protein, 15.5 g fat of which 4 g saturates, 5 g carbohydrate, 2.5 g fibre, 275 Calories