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Grilled Beef and Calico Pasta

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  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 4 hr 35 min
  • Servings 6
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Add something flavorful to your family’s dinner! Serve grilled beef and bean mixture over your pasta - a hearty meal.
Updated Dec 2, 2010
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  • 1/2-pound beef flank steak
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian dressing
  • 1 jalapeño chili, seeded
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 can (15 to 16 ounces) kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash of red pepper sauce
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup whole kernel corn, drained
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • Additional chopped fresh cilantro


  • 1
    Cut diamond pattern 1/8 inch deep into both sides of beef. Place beef in shallow glass or plastic dish. Pour 1 cup of the dressing over beef. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  • 2
    Heat coals or gas grill. Place chili and garlic in blender or food processor. Cover and blend on medium speed until finely chopped. Add kidney beans, remaining 1/2 cup dressing, paprika, chili powder and pepper sauce. Cover and blend until almost smooth; set aside. Cook and drain linguine as directed on package.
  • 3
    Remove beef from marinade; reserve marinade. Grill beef uncovered 4 to 5 inches from medium heat 6 to 8 minutes for medium or until desired doneness, turning and brushing with marinade once. Discard any remaining marinade.
  • 4
    Cut beef diagonally across grain into thin slices. Mix black beans, corn and cilantro. Top linguine with kidney bean mixture, black bean mixture and beef. Sprinkle with additional cilantro.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Fettuccine or spaghetti could easily be used instead of the linguine. You might want to try one of the refrigerated fettuccines.
  • tip 2
    On a bad-weather day, broil the beef for this pasta dish. Set oven control to broil; grease rack in broiler pan. Place beef on rack in broiler pan; brush with marinade. Broil with top about 3 inches from heat about 5 minutes or until brown. Turn beef; broil 4 to 6 minutes longer for medium or until desired doneness.


515 Calories, 24g Total Fat, 22g Protein, 60g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
4 Starch; 2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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