Steak with Pesto Pierogi

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Instead of crisping up the pierogis in this recipe, boiling them leaves them soft, like little pillows, and make them a great canvas for a nut-free kale and basil pesto.



  1. Preheat the broiler. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, put the steak on a foil-lined baking sheet. Rub both sides with the Worcestershire sauce and 1 teaspoon olive oil; season generously with salt and pepper. Broil, turning once, until a thermometer inserted into the center registers 125˚ F to 130˚ F for medium rare, 4 to 6 minutes per side, depending on the thickness. Transfer to a cutting board to rest, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the kale, basil, garlic, lemon zest, a pinch each of salt and pepper and the remaining 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil in a food processor. Mix, scraping down the food processor occasionally, until mostly smooth, adding 1 to 2 teaspoons water to thin the pesto as needed. Transfer the pesto to a large bowl and stir in 3 tablespoons Parmesan and the lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Season the boiling water generously with salt. Add the pierogi and cook as the label directs, adding the peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain. Add the peas and pierogi to the pesto and stir well to combine, adding a few splashes of cooking water as needed to coat the pierogi evenly; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Thinly slice the steak against the grain and season with salt. Divide the steak and pierogi among plates. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan and torn basil.