A Budget Friendly Valentines Day STEAK Dinner

By Alycia McClure on February 12, 2016

Love is in the air this Valentines season, love for beef that is. It’s such an interesting time of year across the United States, with 90-degree weather in California and wind chills of -50 in New England. Southwest Kansas is falling in the middle at a delightful 65ish with full sunshine. Another reason to love it here.

So while some are frolicking in shorts and others are bundled up in parkas, we put together a dish no one can deny: it’s budget friendly, can be made all day in the slow cooker or oven baked at dinner time (chef’s choice), nutritious and most importantly it tastes amazing. This Valentine’s Day treat your sweetie to an Italian stuffed steak and pasta dinner.

We are using round steak in this recipe to go a little softer on your wallet (more for chocolate) but if you would like this can easily be adapted to a Flank steak. Filet that bad-boy up, stuff according to the directions, cook and enjoy.


-           1 Tenderized Round Steak, about 1 to 1.5 lbs

-          4 Slices of Smoked Provolone Cheese

-          1.5 Cups of Fresh Spinach

-          2 Tbsp of Italian Seasoned Bread crumbs

-          1 Tbsp of fresh chopped Parsley

-          Salt, Pepper and Granulated Garlic to taste

-          1 Can of Tomato Sauce

-          1 Can of Diced Tomato’s

-          16oz of Whole Grain Penne Pasta

-          Shredded Parmesan Cheese

-          Olive Oil


1.       Heat oven to 375° or turn you slow cooker to low.

2.       Drizzle with oil and generously season both sides of the round steak to taste with salt, pepper and garlic to taste.

3.       Mix together bread crumbs, 1 tbsp of parmesan, and fresh parsley.

4.       Layer the provolone cheese across the steak then top with bread crumb mixture and 1 cup of spinach.

5.       Tightly roll the steak up creating a spiral effect, then tie with butchers twine to hold together.

6.       In pan or crock of choice (We used a cast iron, but any will work) pour a layer of tomato sauce covering the bottom of said pan. Add the steak roll the dump remaining tomato sauce and diced tomatoes on and around the meat.

7.       Bake at 375° for about one hour or on low in the slow cooker for 6-8 hours. The meat is done when the center temperature is 165°.

8.       Cook penne pasta according to the directions on the package. After draining the pasta drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle generously with parmesan cheese and add the remaining half cup of spinach then allow to wilt.

9.       When the steak is finished cooking slice into 1-2 inch pieces. Stir the tomatos, sauce and pasta incorporating all of the flavors created while cooking the meat, this will be your pasta sauce.

10.   Top pasta with sauce and a spiral slice of meat, then enjoy!

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day meal?


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