Spaghetti with Beef, Smoked Almonds and Basil

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ingredients

4 to 6 servings
 
Cook Steaks
1 pound (1-inch thick) beef tenderloin steaksbeef tenderloin1
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepperkosher salt and freshly ground black pepper1
2 teaspoons Herbes de Provenceherbes de provence2
Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling, plus ¼ cupextra-virgin olive oil¼
1 pound spaghetti pastaspaghetti, dried1
1 (15 ounces) can diced tomatoescan diced tomatoes15
2 packed cups fresh basil leavesbasil2
1 clove garlic, choppedgarlic clove1
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juicelemon juice2
1 teaspoon grated lemon zestlemon zest1
¾ cup chopped smoked almondssmoked almonds¾
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheeseparmesan cheese½
¼ cup chopped fresh basil leavesbasil¼

instructions

 
Cook Steaks
Place an oven rack in the upper 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place the steaks on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the Herbes de Provence on both sides of the steaks and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 10 to 12 minutes for medium-well. Let the steaks rest for 10 minutes.
The steaks can also be grilled over medium-high heat on a preheated grill pan or gas or charcoal grill for about 5 minutes each side.

Cook Pasta
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water
Finish Spaghetti with Beef, Smoked Almonds and Basil
In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, basil, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Process until the mixture is coarsely chopped.

Place the cooked pasta, tomato mixture and smoked almonds in a large serving bowl. Toss well and thin out the sauce with a little pasta water, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped basil. Slice the steaks into 1/4-inch thick slices and serve alongside the pasta.
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Giada at Home: Family Recipes from Italy and California

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