This is one of the first things Mandi and I started out making all the time; but until the other night we hadn't made it in a really long time. It is very easy and can be elegant or casual depending on how you dress it up. I had it in a restaurant one night and re created it at home in one try, that's how easy it is. I have told you many times how much I love the combo of roasted red peppers, arugula, and steak, and this is yet another way I enjoy that trio of flavors.
Roast your own red peppers. I don't always do it, but with this application it tastes way better.
I really like the packaged "fresh" pasta. It doesn't taste like homemade fresh pasta, nor does it taste like dried pasta from a box, but there are certain places where it works very well.
No roux today, just simply cook garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in olive oil for 3 minutes. Add a cup or so of half and half and bring to an almost boil stirring occasionally..
Then add this much gorgonzola or blue cheese.
Just thinly coat the pasta in the sauce, then in a bowl add the pasta, arugula, and red peppers. The arugula will slightly wilt as you mix it all together.
I like to just add the steak to the top. It looks classier. If you want to serve this family style, just mix the steak into the bowl with everything else.
Roasted Red Peppers.
Put 2 red peppers under the broiler. Rotate every 2 minutes so they get blackened on all sides. Wrap in paper bag or paper towels, and wrap that in plastic wrap. 20 minutes later, unwrap peppers and remove skin. It should slide right off. Also remove seeds and slice peppers into thin strips. Lightly salt and place in bowl for later.
Light a grill. Fill pasta pot with water and bring to boil. In small saucepan, cook 2 cloves of diced garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes in olive oil. 3 minutes. Add cup of half and half. Cook 5 minutes stirring. Drop pasta. Add gorgonzola or any blue cheese to half and half mixture. Cook (seasoned) steak on the grill (indoors or out) to desired doneness. Coat pasta in sauce and move to a large bowl. Add arugula and roasted red peppers and stir. Serve steak sliced on top.