A few of my friends have asked me to post some 'single serve' recipes for people who want to cook delicious dinners for one. This is one of my favourite recipes to cook when I am home alone (mind you, I usually make a double serve a have it for lunch the next day). By the way, I use the words 'single serve' lightly.
1 x thick cut beef rib steak on the bone (or similar)
1 small clove garlic, chopped finely
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 capsicum, sliced thinly
50g tinned lentils, drained and rinsed
salt and pepper, to season
Step 2 - Cook spaghetti.
Step 3 - Heat a little oil in a frying pan. When hot, seal beef for 30 seconds on each side. When sealed, scatter capsicum around beef and place pan in oven for 15 minutes*, turning beef halfway through.
Step 4 - Remove pan from oven and return to stove top. Remove beef and set aside to rest on a plate. Heat pan over high heat and add a little more oil.
Step 5 - When pan is hot, add garlic and toss with capsicums, cooking until garlic is fragrant. Add lentils, tomatoes and cooked spaghetti, season well with salt and pepper and combine.
Step 6 - Remove from heat and mix rocket through pasta. Serve spaghetti in a bowl with beef on top.
*Beef cooking times will vary depending on cut of beef, thickness of cut and your preference as to how you like your beef cooked.
This meal should only take 15 minutes to cook, 20 minutes at the most, it's all about time management. Put the water onto boil for the pasta and while it is heating, chop the capsicum and seal the beef. When the beef is in the oven, throw the pasta into the boiling water then chop garlic, slice tomatoes, drain lentils. That way, you'll have everything ready when the beef comes out of the oven.