If you like spaghetti with meat marina sauce you have to try this braised steak tips recipe. Tender chunks of steak braised to perfection in an Italian style marinara sauce made with tomatoes, onion, green pepper, fresh garlic and shallots, then poured over pasta… YUM! Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese over the top and add a piece of garlic bread and a salad if you like and dig in! The flavor is amazing!
1 tbsp. salt
2 teas. pepper
1-2 tbsp. oil (optional)
4 cups water (after searing)
Method: Braised Steak Tips (Steak)
Preheat a large pot to high heat. (If you are using a non-stick pot you don’t have to add the oil.)
Add your diced steak to the hot pot and sprinkle on the salt and pepper. This may sound like a lot of salt and pepper but it’s for the entire braised steak tips recipe.
Saute over high heat for about 20 minutes. At first the meat will foam up, that’s fine. Some of the fat and water from the meat causes this “steaming” effect. Continue to cook on high heat and the liquid will evaporate and the meat will start to sear.
Keep searing the meat by stirring until all sides have browned and the liquid is gone. The meat will start to smell like a nice char-broiled steak at this point. It’ll take about 20 minutes.
Now pour in the 4 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for about an hour stirring occasionally.
What this will do is make the steak tips very tender which is what you want. Also, the liquid should evaporate slowly over the course of the hour.
By the time the liquid has evaporated the meat will be nice and tender.
Note: Keep an eye on it, if the liquid evaporates to fast you may have to add a little more. The point is to simmer it for the hour. If you still have some liquid at the end of the hour just take the lid off and turn the heat up to evaporate the rest of the liquid.
Another Note: Since your steak tips will have to simmer for an hour, this is a great time to prep the veggies. (Sizes and pictures below)
Once the hour is up and the liquid has evaporated transfer the steak tips to a bowl, we’ll get back to that in a few minutes. Just set it aside for now.
Turn the heat down to medium low on your empty pot. Don’t clean it, we’re not done with it yet.
On to the marina sauce.
Ingredients: Braised Steak Tips (The Complete Sauce)
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
15 oz. can tomato sauce
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 medium size onion (1/4 in. dice)
1 medium to large green pepper (1/4 in. dice)
7-8 cloves fresh garlic (minced or crushed)
2 good sized shallots (minced or fine dice)
1 tbsp. + 1 teas. dry oregano
3/4 teas. dry basil
1 teas. dry parsley
1/4 teas. dry thyme
5 cups water
Method: Braised Steak Tips
Add the tomato paste and cook for 5 to 7 minutes stirring often. It should spread out and them come back together during this time and will smell like wine. (The leftover bits from the steak and the tomato paste are the first step in building some awesome flavor)
Now add the onion, green pepper, garlic and shallots to your pot and stir them in. Cook for another 7-8 minutes stirring often. You are adding even more rich flavor. This will make it taste like it cooked all day, you’re just concentrating the flavors quickly.
Ok, time to throw the steak back in, so do that and give it a quick stir.
Then add your, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, stir.
Now add the oregano, basil, parsley and thyme and give it another good stir.
All that’s left now is to add the 5 cups of water so pour that in, give it one more good stir and turn the heat up. You want to bring it back to a boil.
After it comes back to the boil, reduce the heat to about medium low, cover it and simmer for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. It should thicken up nicely.
For The Pasta
About a 1/2 hour before your braised steak tips are done get your pasta ready. You’ll need roughly 2 ounces of dry spaghetti noodles per person. A 1 pound bag of spaghetti noodles is enough for about 8 plates.
Just follow the package instructions for cooking your pasta.
This braised steak tips recipe will make about 12 to 16 plates and any leftover sauce can be frozen for 2 to 3 months. Great for a quick meal later on
To Serve simply spread some cooked pasta on your plate and ladle on some sauce. I like to sprinkle parmesan cheese on mine but this is optional.
You can also add a piece of garlic bread and a salad on the side to finish off your spectacular Italian meal, enjoy!
I think you’ll really enjoy the delicious flavors this dish has to offer. The steak just melts in your mouth and the richness of the sauce is worthy of any good Italian restaurant. The combination of the braised steak bits and this incredible sauce is perfect over al dente spaghetti! This is a real winner everyone will love. If you like great spaghetti this is a must try braised steak tips recipe! Happy Cooking!