Steak & Broccoli Nacho Penne

This cheesy, spicy penne dish is a unique take on steak.

Steak & Broccoli Nacho Penne
 Sam Kaplan

We get it—it sounds strange to combine pasta with nacho cheese, steak, and brocolli. But with all the elements that make Mexican food so good—plus a hearty helping of carbs and vegetables—this steak dish is unique in theory, and insanely flavorful in practice.

Nutrition (per serving)

440 calories; 35g protein; 58g carbs; 10g fat

Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 4 oz top-round steak, cut into strips
  • Salt-free Mexican seasoning
  • Sea salt
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, broken into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ¼ cup natural salsa con queso (nacho cheese sauce)
  • 1 cup cooked (2 oz dry) whole-wheat penne pasta
  • Fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
  • ½ jalapeño or Fresno chili, to taste

Sprinkle the steak with seasoning and salt. Place a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, mist with cooking spray. Add the broccoli and tomatoes in a single layer.

Cook about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, then add the steak in a single layer. Cook steak 1 minute per side or until pink inside; stir broccoli and tomatoes until broccoli is bright green, crisp-tender, and warm.

While the steak cooks, heat the cheese sauce in the microwave until just hot. Transfer the steak and veggies to a medium bowl. Add the cooked penne and cheese. Toss. Top with fresh cilantro and jalapeños or Fresno Chilies. Enjoy immediately.