Spaghetti with beef, smoked almonds and basil

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Cooking Time22 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
500g (3cm thick) beef tenderloin steaks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp herbs de Provence
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling, plus 60ml
500g spaghetti
1 (440g) can diced tomatoes
120g basil leaves
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon zest
100g chopped smoked almonds
110g freshly grated Parmesan
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
1) Place an oven rack in the upper 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 230°C/gas mark 8.

2) Place the steaks on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the herbs de Provence on both sides of the steaks and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 10 to 12 minutes for medium-well. Allow the steaks to rest for 10 minutes.

3) Bring a large pan of salted water to a boil over a high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 250ml of the pasta water.

4) In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest and 60ml of olive oil. Process until the mixture is coarsely chopped.

5) Place the cooked pasta, tomato mixture and smoked almonds in a large serving bowl. Toss well and thin out the sauce with a little pasta water, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

6) Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped basil. Slice the steaks into 6mm slices and serve with the pasta.

Cook's Note: The steaks can also be grilled over a medium-high heat on a preheated grill or gas or charcoal grill for about five minutes on each side.

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