This recipe for BBQ beef, horseradish & pasta salad is a delicious and easy way to change the regular pasta.
The beef is cooked tender and juicy, mixed with a BBQ sauce. The pasta salad is made with a creamy horseradish dressing and is loaded with vegetables.
How this unusual combo works
There are a few reasons why beef and pasta is not a common combination. First, pasta is typically a dish that is associated with lighter fare, such as chicken or seafood. Second, beef can be a bit heavy and overwhelming when paired with pasta.
Finally, the two dishes often require different cooking times, which can make them difficult to successfully prepare together. Despite all of these potential obstacles, beef and pasta can actually make a great combo.
The key is to choose a lighter pasta, we picked udon. spaghetti was our second option. The other key is to pair it with a leaner cut of beef, we picked streak slices.
When cooked properly, the two dishes can complement each other perfectly.
BBQ beef pasta salad with horseradish dressingDifficulty: Easy
- To marinate the beef
450g lean rump steak
2 tbsp dairy and wheat-free Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
- For the salad
250g pasta (you can also use udon)
1 bunch spring onion , thinly sliced
3 red peppers , grilled to remove the skins, deseeded and thickly sliced
1 floret broccoli separated in small florets, grilled
small bunch basil , torn
- For the dressing
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp sherry vinegar
2-3 tbsp freshly grated horseradish , to taste
- Marinate the steak in the Worcester sauce for 10 mins with black pepper.
- Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, drain, then toss with the spring onions, peppers and basil. Mix the dressing ingredients together, season, then set aside.
- Heat the barbecue or a griddle pan until very hot. Cook the steak for 3 mins on each side, or until cooked to your liking. Cut into thick slices, then toss into the pasta with the dressing. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve.
NOTE TO THE CHEF
Worcestershire sauce is a great storecupboard ingredient, but some brands are not allergenfree, so find a good alternative for this. Use fresh horseradish in the sauce rather than turning to a jar, as some contain dairy or egg products.