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Easy Steak Pizzaiola

Easy Steak Pizzaiola

Easy Steak Pizzaiola smothered in a flavorful tomato and onion sauce is absolutely irresistible. This is my version of a classic Italian dish but you will find that it is pretty close to the authentic pizzaiola you find in most Italian kitchens.

Sliced flank steak on a white plate covered with a tomato and onion 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. Leftover sauce, was used to tenderize and flavor tough cuts of meat by slow cooking them in 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. This recipe is much quicker to make since we don’t have to worry about tenderizing the meat.

Ingredients

Ingredients for making steak pizzaiola,: flank steakm diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, white wine, olive oil and herbs.

I used canned diced tomatoes, sliced onion, garlic, white wine, oregano and basil to make the sauce. In this recipe I chose to use flank steak, What I love about flank steak is that it is tender so it cooks quickly, it is flavorful and it feeds multiple people.

While the sauce was simmering, I cooked the steak in a cast iron skillet. The whole thing was done in less then half an hour and it was delizioso!

How to make Steak Pizzaiola

four photos: sautéing onions, pizzaiola sauce cooking, flank steak cooked in cast iron skillet and the steak sliced on a cutting board.

The sauce

  • 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.

The Steak

  • 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.,
  • Alternatively you can cook the steak on a grill.
  • When the steak is to your liking, remove it to a cutting board 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.

Variations

During my research I came across literally hundreds of recipes for pizzaiola that used chicken, pork, veal, steak and fish. So you can take this basic pizzaiola sauce recipe and pair it any way you like. If you are looking for a version for your vegetarian friends, make this using eggplant or zucchini! Yum!

Flank steak slices on a white plate with chunky tomato sauce.

Tips: Steak Cooking Methods and Temperature

Stove Top or Grill

I have made this recipe in a cast iron pan and on the grill. Either way the steak is done in minutes and the searing process adds a lot of flavor to the recipe.

Whether you choose to cook the steak on the grill or in the cast iron pan, if you want the steak to be rare, you will want to cook it for about 4 minutes per side. Here are the internal cooking temperatures to help cook the steak exactly to your liking:

Rare: 125 degrees.

Medium rare: 130-135 degrees,

Medium: 140-145 degrees,

Medium well: 150-155%

Well done: 160 degrees.

Slow Cooker

Steak Pizzaiola prepared in a slow cooker is amazing! The meat will simply fall apart because it is so tender from the slow and low cooking process.

  • Pan sear the steak until it is just browned on both sides and transfer to your slow cooker.
  • Prepare the sauce following the stove top method and pour it over the meat.
  • Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
Flank steak in a tomato and onion sauce on a white plate.

Frequently asked questions:

What kind of steak should you use:

You can really use any type of steak you like. This would be fantastic made with rib eye, London broil, sirloin or chuck roast. If you choose a tender cut of meat, the cooking process will be quite short. If you select a cut such as a chuck roast then you will need to cook the meat longer in the sauce so that it tenderizes it. I decided to make this with flank steak as it is a tender cut of meat that can be cooked quickly.

Can you freeze this steak?

Yes, it freezes well. Just make sure to place it in an airtight container and it will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.

What can you serve with steak pizzaiola?

A crisp salad and a loaf of bread along side of this steak dish makes a wonderfully simple dinner. You can also serve this over pasta or with mashed or roasted potatoes.

Other easy dinner ideas

Easy Pasta Broccoli

Quick Chicken with Spinach and Tomatoes

Easy Baked Haddock Recipe

Lemon Pepper Salmon with Dill

Quick Mussels Steamed in White Wine and Garlic Sauce

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

Easy 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.
5 from 1 vote
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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