Here’s my homemade steak pizzaiola sauce : a light and hearty tomato sauce for steaks… The perfect Italian steak dinner! I’m definitely in! Are you?
Let’s get cooking then!
Whenever we plan on having a steak dinner here at home, nine out of ten you will most probably see this good old Italian steak pizzaiola appear on our table.
I was on FaceTime talking to my brother a while ago while I was cooking this one up. When I told him what I was preparing, he went like, “steak in tomato sauce, why?”.
Well it sounds absolutely fine to me!
He should definitely try my recipe for sure. The tomato sauce is so easy peasy to make really. It takes only about 20 minutes to prepare. Just let the tomato sauce simmer while you are searing your steaks to perfection.
Steak Pizzaiola, an Italian Classic Steak
I did a bit of research to know more about this steak pizzaiola.
Apparently the name of this sauce “pizzaiola” comes from pizza. And it refers simply to the basic ingredients you should absolutely add while you’re making a classic pizza: tomatoes, fresh or dried oregano and garlic.
Some recipes also ask for chopped mushrooms, capers or sliced black olives to add to this tomato steak sauce. I can see how olives and capers make sense. But mushrooms, I’m not so sure about that.
Oh well, why not?
Maybe that’s something I have to try out next time I make pizzaiola sauce again!
So what’s a great side dish to serve with this tomato sauce steak then?
It usually comes with al dente tagliatelle pasta or spaghetti. But I’m a Belgian girl so I prefer to serve any steak with golden French fries of course!
Or with oven roasted parmesan potatoes, if you don’t have a deep fat fryer.
Here’s a lush Italian steak dinner!
- 2 steaks
- 1 medium fresh tomato chopped
- 4 tbsp canned chopped tomatoes
- 2 tbsp fresh oregano chopped
- 1 tsp dried herbs
- 2 tbsp fresh basil chopped
- 2 tbsp capers in brine optional
- 6 black olives sliced (optional)
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 medium garlic cloves chopped
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- olive oil
Pour some olive oil in a saucepan and place it over medium heat until hot. Then add the bay leaves and chopped garlic.
Gently cook the garlic for a minute until fragrant. Then add the chopped tomato.
Stir well. Simmer the tomato for about 3 minutes. Then add the canned tomatoes and dried herbs. Season with a pinch of pepper and salt.
Stir again. Let the pizzaiola sauce simmer over medium-low heat under a lid for a good 10 minutes until soft. In the meantime season the steaks with pepper and salt. Sear them in a little olive oil until cooked the way you like them best.
Once cooked, let the steaks rest on a clean plate under tinfoil. Add the red wine vinegar to the tomato steak sauce.
Stir well. Then check the seasoning and add extra pepper or salt to taste.
Stir well again and then add the chopped oregano and basil, black olives and salted capers (optional).
Cook the chunky pizzaiola sauce for another minute.
Place the cooked steaks onto warm plates, top them with the fresh pizzaiola steak sauce and serve piping hot.