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Beef and Blue Cheese Penne with Pesto

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

4 servings

Unique and simple to prepare, this delicious pasta dish is filled with fresh flavors, and it’s as healthy as it is hearty. Best of all, it takes just 30 minutes to set this meal on the table. —Frances Pietsch, Flower Mound, Texas
Beef and Blue Cheese Penne with Pesto Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 beef tenderloin steaks (6 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 5 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 6 cups), coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Grill steaks, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 5-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°).
  3. Drain pasta; transfer to a large bowl. Add spinach, tomatoes, pesto and walnuts; toss to coat. Cut steak into thin slices. Serve pasta mixture with beef; sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 532 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 9g fiber), 35g protein.

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