Top Sirloin Filets with Spinach-Lemon Pesto Pasta

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Total Recipe Time:  40 to 50 minutes
Marinade Time:  15 minutes to 2 hours
Makes 4 servings

2 beef Top Sirloin Filets, cut 1-3/4 to 2 inches thick (about 1 pound)
3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut into quarters
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Toasted sliced almonds (optional)

Grated peel from 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 cups packed fresh baby spinach
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Grated peel from 1/2 lemon
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1.Combine Marinade ingredients in small bowl. Place beef filets and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn filets to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.
2.Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove filets from marinade; discard marinade. Heat heavy, ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Place filets in skillet and brown 2 minutes; turn filets over and place skillet into preheated oven.
3.Cook in 350°F oven 19 to 23 minutes for medium rare; 24 to 28 minutes for medium doneness.
4.Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 2 tablespoons pasta cooking water for Pesto before draining.
5.Prepare pesto. Place spinach, cheese, almonds, lemon juice and peel and garlic in food processor container. Cover; process until coarse paste forms. With motor running, slowly add oil and reserved pasta water through opening in cover, processing until smooth. Combine tomatoes, pesto and pasta in large bowl; toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, as desired; set aside.
6.Remove filets from oven when internal temperature reaches 135°F for medium rare; 150°F for medium. Transfer filets to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)
7.Carve filets into slices; arrange over pasta. Garnish with additional cheese and almonds, if desired.

Cook's Tip:  If oven-safe skillet is not available, transfer browned filets to rimmed baking sheet. Cook 6 to 8 minutes longer for medium rare to medium doneness. Proceed as directed.

Cook's Tip:  To toast almonds, spread in single layer on rimmed baking sheet. Bake in 350°F oven 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Watch carefully to prevent burning.

Nutritional Information
Nutrition information per serving: 575 calories; 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat; 10 g monounsaturated fat); 73 mg cholesterol; 128 mg sodium; 64 g carbohydrate; 4.4 g fiber; 41 g protein; 14.5 mg niacin; 0.7 mg vitamin B6; 3.3 mcg vitamin B12; 5.9 mg iron; 79.5 mcg selenium; 7.9 mg zinc; 19.1 mg choline.

This recipe is an excellent source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and zinc; and a good source of fiber.
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