Seared Strip Loin with Linguini with Fennel and Olives

This simple but flavorful pasta is the perfect pairing for a grilled Niman Ranch steak. Goat cheese creates a creamy sauce right in the pan.

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 oz Niman Ranch Strip Loin Steak
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped fennel
  • 1/3 cup chopped castelvatrano olives (green olives)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (4-oz) (½ cup) goat cheese log
  • 1 (16-oz) box linguini
  • Kosher salt and pepper

Cooking Instructions

  1. Pat steak dry and season generously with kosher salt. Heat a grill pan, or the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the steak until medium rare (135ºF to 140º), turning halfway through cooking, about 8 minutes total. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the linguini according to package instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining linguini in a colander.
  3. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in the same pasta pot. Cook fennel, red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt over medium heat, stirring, until fennel is tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the chopped olives, garlic, and orange zest. Stir in the juice from one orange and stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. Return the drained linguini to the pot. Crumble 1/2 cup (4-oz) goat cheese on top and add the reserved pasta water. Stir until the pasta is evenly coated.
  5. Serve with slices of steak on top and fresh parsley as garnish.

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