Beef Straccetti with arugola and cherry tomatoes

Beef Straccetti with arugola and cherry tomatoes

By 09/03/2015

Whenever I visit my Italian butcher, my gaze falls on those inviting "Straccetti di manzo" or "beef rags" which he nicely prepares ready for you to cook at home. In Italy there are not so many ready meals available like in the UK.  You are more likely to find freshly prepared "almost ready meals" at your butcher, fishmonger or by supermarket deli counters.

My sister cooked straccetti once for me. She made lunch in 15 minutes and it was delicious and low in calories.

They are simply thinly cut strips of beef quickly cooked in a few minutes in a pan and served on a bed of arugola, tomatoes and parmesan shavings. The flavours combine beautifully leaving you feeling satisfied and possibly craving for more!

I love my beef cooked medium to rare so I have cut my strips  thicker to avoid overcooking them. This can be easily done with beef. If you like you can slice your strips thinly after cooking them. It is up to you how long you want to cook your beef but I would not cook it for longer than 5 minutes.

Serve with rustic bread.

  • Prep Time : 10 minutes
  • Cook Time : 5 minutes


Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves, put them in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Mix well and let them rest whilst you prepare the meat.

cherry tomatoes

Slice the meat into small strips or small pieces

Italian Beef Strips Recipe

Heat a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil and when sizzling hot add the beef, season with salt and pepper.  Cook for about 4 to 5 minutes. During the last minute of cooking add the balsamic vinegar and let it evaporate. Keep stirring like your would for a stir fry.

Italian Beef Strips Recipe

Serve the meat with the arugola (rocket), the cherry tomatoes and some parmesan shavings. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Italian Beef Strips Recipe

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10 Responses to Beef Straccetti with arugola and cherry tomatoes

  1. Nee

    Alida , what a great dish , spring is certainly in the air , looking forward to eating light again . thanks for sharing and visiting my blog .
    Thanks for sharing 🙂 Nee

    • Alida

      My pleasure Nee x

  2. All That I'm Eating

    This sounds fantastic and just what you need at the end of a busy day.

  3. la cucina di Molly

    Che delizioso piatto, fresco, facile da fare e tanto gustoso, bravissima! Un abbraccio!

  4. Louise

    Hi Alida,
    Quick and yummy that’s what this dish sounds like. Here in Pennsylvania many stores sell “beef rags” such as these. They usually serve it in a heavy cream sauce over rice or noodles. Although I hear it’s good, I haven’t tried it yet. I like this way of serving, light and a bit healthier too.

    Thanks for sharing, Alida…

  5. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Hope that your mum had a nice birthday, my mom did and I trying to catch up with posts etc. I love this dish Alida. such a beautiful and simple dish that is so delicious. I think a lot of us bloggers have tomatoes on the brain lately..My post for Wordless Tuesday will have fresh tomatoes too. We keep thinking of Spring and light salads. I enjoyed reading your recipe and I find it to be a light and nutritious meal. Especially liked the parmesan shavings. Thanks for sharing…..Hope that you have a wonderful week…
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Angie!

  6. Monica Panato

    Ciao Alida, sai che faccio spesso questa ricetta e piace a tutti!!


    • Alida

      Mi fa piacere! Chissa’ se riusciamo a vederci prima o poi! Un abbraccio a tutti!

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