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Easy Steak Pasta (Steak Spaghetti)

Easy marinara steak pasta features a wonderful homemade marinara sauce and perfectly cooked steak, grilled, pan-fried or broiled. When steak and spaghetti come together you've got a dish that can't be beat!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword beef, easy recipe, marinara sauce, pasta, spaghetti, steak
Servings 8
Calories 508kcal


  • large skillet
  • rack, possibly


  • 1 pound pasta your favorite variety, cooked, drained

20 Minute Marinara Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons garlic minced (4-6 cloves)
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or 2 tablespoons fresh basil or oregano, minced or 1 teaspoon basil or oregano leaves, dried
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar , if desired
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan for serving (if desired)

Best Grilled Steak

  • 4 strip, rib-eye, or tenderloin steaks about 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches thick
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • pepper

Broiled Steak

  • 4 strip steaks, rib-eye steaks, or tenderloin steaks 1 to 2 inches thick, trimmed 
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 3 inch deep disposable aluminum foil roasting pan

Pan Fried Steaks

  • 4 8 oz boneless rib-eye steaks or top loin steaks 1 to 1 ¼ inch thick, dried with paper towel
  • salt
  • pepper
  • oil


  • Get out and measure your ingredients.
    Overhead photo of all the ingredients needed to make steak spaghetti.

Marinara Sauce

  • Heat oil and garlic in skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant (but not browned), about a minute.
    Skilled with cooking oil. Chopped garlic added to the skillet.
  • Stir in tomatoes and simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in basil, sugar and season with salt to taste.
    Tomato sauce, basil, sugar and salt added to the skillet.

Grilled Steak

  • Combine salt and cornstarch.
  • Pat steaks dry with paper towel and rub with salt mixture.
  • Arrange on wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet and freeze until steaks are firm and dry to touch, at least 30 minutes, up to 1 hour.
  • Season steaks with pepper.
  • Grill over hot fire and cover until well browned and cooked to desired doneness; 4 to 8 minutes per side.

Easy Broiled Steak Recipe

  • Check the notes section for the cooking time based on the size of the steaks you are using.
  • Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • To reduce smoking, trim as much unnecessary outside fat and gristle as possible from each of the steaks BEFORE they go on grill.
  • Spread 2 cups of salt all across the bottom of your deep disposable foil pan. This will prevent smoking and absorb grease.
  • Pat steaks dry with paper towel, season liberally with salt and pepper and place on wire rack.
  • Place rack on top of your aluminum foil pan and place it on lower middle rack inside oven.
  • Cook for 6 to 10 minutes before removing pan from oven. Timing will depend on the thickness of your steaks according to the Easy Broiled Steak Timing Chart above.
  • Flip steaks over and pat dry with paper towel. Allow to rest for 10 minutes while preheating the broiler.
  • Transfer pan to the upper-middle oven rack and broil your steaks, flipping every 2 to 4 minutes, until meat registers 125 to 130 degrees (for medium-rare); 6 to 16 minutes.
  • If you like steaks well-done, continue cooking and flipping as directed until the steaks reach desired internal temperature.

Pan Fried Steaks

  • Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet until very hot for a good sear and crust. Thoroughly drying the steaks is also key. Otherwise steaks will steam and become soggy and not sear.
  • On stove, turn top element to high heat and ensure heavy bottomed skillet is big enough to hold steaks. Allow to get hot; about 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, liberally sprinkle both sides of steaks with salt and pepper.
    Two stakes seasoned with salt and pepper on a white plate.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add enough oil to skillet (lightly coat) so steaks don't stick!
  • Place steaks inside skillet, leaving space between each steak.
    Seasoned steaks placed in a skillet with oil.
  • Without moving steaks around ,cook until well browned; about 5 minutes.
  • Using tongs, flip steaks and cook 3 more minute for rare; 4 minutes for medium-rare and 5 minutes for medium.
    Two steaks cooked in a skillet.

Rest Steaks and Serve

  • When steaks are cooked, transfer to plate, tent with foil and let rest 5 minutes.
  • Place cooked pasta inside a bowl.
    Three bowls filled with pasta.
  • Cover with sauce and add your sliced steak to top. Sprinkle fresh grated parmesan cheese on top if desired.
    Pasta topped with tomato sauce and sliced steak in a bowl.
  • Enjoy every bite!
    Pasta twirled up on a fork and held over bowl of steak pasta.


Steak Broiling Time Chart:
Using a tape measure or ruler, measure the thickness of each steak, to determine how long to prebake and broil the steaks. 
  • For one-inch thick, PREBAKE for six minutes and then BROIL, turning steaks every two minutes
  • For one-and-a-half inches thick, PREBAKE for eight minutes, then BROIL, turning steaks every three minutes
  • If it's two inches thick, PREBAKE for 10 minutes and while BROILING, turn steaks every four minutes
Expert Tips:
For best results serve the perfectly cooked steak alongside or on top of the pasta.
A juicy ribeye or New York strip costs a little more than some other steaks but it's so worth it! It has the right amount of marbling for excellent flavor.
The steaks should be at room temperature before cooking. I recommend taking the steaks out of the refrigerator 30 to 60 minutes before cooking.
No matter the cooking method purchase steaks that are similar in size and shape to assist with even cooking. 
Nutrition is simply an estimate.


Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1035mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 3mg