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Easy Flank Steak Pizzaiola

February 1, 2021

Easy Flank Steak Pizzaiola

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I have wanted to make a version of steak pizzaiola ever since my friend Angela asked me if I had a recipe for it. Well I did some research and talked with my mother about her recipe and I came up with my own version that is pretty close to the authentic pizzaiola you find in most Italian kitchens. I think you will find this tender steak smothered in a flavorful tomato and onion sauce absolutely irresistible.

Sliced Flank Steak with tomato and onion pizzaiola sauce

What is Pizzaiola?

Pizzaiola simply means that it is cooked in a pizza sauce. The recipe is a little different depending on the region of Italy that you come from, but the basic elements are the same. The original pizzaiola started in Naples many, many years ago when pizza began to become popular. The first pizzas were made with a thin tomato sauce and when there was leftover sauce it was used to slow cook tough cuts of meat in to tenderize and flavor it.

My mother used to make a pizzaiola when we were younger. She cooked a chuck roast or a bone in roast with peeled tomatoes in red wine, onions and cheese. It was delicious but it needed to cook for hours in order for the meat to become tender.

Sliced Flank Steak with tomato and onion pizzaiola sauce on a white plate

Variations

During my research I can across literally hundreds of recipes for pizzaiola that used chicken, pork, veal, steak and fish. Many of these recipes did not require the long cooking process that a cheaper cut of meat does. I decided to try my hand at flank steak this weekend and we all agreed that this recipe is a keeper.

One of these days I will try making this in a slow cooker with a different cut of meat, but I think this recipe would be great on fish, veal, chicken or pork. My family approved and deemed it blog worthy, so here you go!

Simple Ingredients

I used canned diced tomatoes, sliced onion, garlic, white wine, oregano and basil to make the sauce. While the sauce was simmering, I cooked the flank steak in a cast iron skillet. The whole thing was done in less then half an hour and it was delizioso!

How to make pizzaiola

The sauce

  • Start by seasoning a flank steak with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Slice an onion into thin slices.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic .
  • Add the tomatoes and their liquid or puree to the onion. Cook for a minute.
  • Add the wine to the tomatoes and allow the sauce to come to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and add oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
  • Allow the sauce to cook at a slow boil while you cook the steak. The sauce will begin to thicken slightly.

The Steak

  • Heat cast iron skillet until it is hot, then add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Place the steak into the hot skillet and cook undisturbed for 4 minutes.
  • Turn the steak over and cook for another four minutes for rare, or until the steak reaches 125 degrees. For Medium the temperature should be 130-135 degrees, medium is 140-145 degrees, medium well is 150-155% and well done is 160 degrees.
  • Alternatively you can cook the steak on a grill.
  • Remove the steak when the temperature is one temperature level below what you want your finished steak to be.
  • When the steak is to your liking, remove it to a cutting board and tent it with foil. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice the steak at an angle across the grain of the meat.
  • Transfer the steak to the sauce and let it cook in the sauce for 3-4 minutes.
  • Transfer the steak to a platter and spoon the sauce on top.

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Sliced Flank Steak with tomato and onion pizzaiola sauce on a white plate

Steak Pizzaiola

This is a simple Italian dish of steak prepared in a pizza style sauce. Any meat or fish can be prepared in this manner for a delicious main course.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 374 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ lbs. Flank Steak
  • 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Onion sliced thin
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 28 oz. Tomatoes diced in juice
  • ½ cup White wine dry
  • ½ tsp. Oregano dried
  • ½ tsp. Basil dried
  • ½ tsp. Salt kosher
  • ¼ tsp. Black Pepper ground

Instructions
 

  • Start by seasoning a flank steak with salt and pepper and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic .
  • Add the tomatoes and their liquid or puree to the onion. Cook for a minute.
  • Add the wine to the tomatoes and allow the sauce to come to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and add oregano, basil, slat and pepper. Allow the sauce to cook at a slow boil. The sauce will begin to thicken slightly.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet until it is hot. Add a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Place the steak into the hot skillet and cook undisturbed for 4 minutes. Turn the steak over and cook for another four minutes for rare.
  • Remove the steak to a cutting board and tent it with foil. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steak at an angle across the grain.
  • Transfer the steak to the sauce and let it cook in the sauce for 3-4 minutes. Transfer the steak to a platter and spoon the sauce on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 4servingsCalories: 374kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 39gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 342mgPotassium: 1132mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1698IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Steak, tomato, tomato sauce, pizzaiola, dinner, easy
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