Every year for Christmas Papa Hunk makes his Herb Crusted Prime Rib and King Crab Legs. It is a feast fit for twenty people but in our case, we only need to feed four, one of which is a pescatarian. I hate to see food go to waste so over the past few years I have tried to find creative ways to use up our leftovers, see my Creamy Steak Soup Recipe or my Steak& Tortellini Soup Recipe from a few years back. This year I tried out a few new recipes to make the most out of our Christmas feast. These recipes included this Prime Pasta recipe, Steak Quesadillas, Beef & Barley Soup, and Crab Cakes.

Prime Pasta

Use up leftover steak for a pasta dish everyone is sure to love
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Beef, Pasta
Servings: 6 Servings


  • 16 oz Rigatoni Pasta
  • 3 tbsp Butter sliced into thin pieces
  • 1 bunch Asparagus ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup Cocktail Tomatoes quartered
  • cup Red Onion thin slices
  • 8 oz Fresh Button Mushrooms sliced
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Au Jus (leftover from your prime rib dinner)
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 cup Leftover Steak
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F
  • Spread asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions in a thin layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil
  • Roast vegetables in the oven for 15 minutes, until the asparagus is tender. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a small pot simmer steak in au jus for about 8 minutes, drain and set aside.
  • Place the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until about ½ cup remains and the vinegar is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir in the brown sugar and ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper. Remove from heat.
  • Place the pasta in a large bowl. Add the butter and stir to coat. Add the balsamic and mix well until the pasta is completely coated.
  • Stir in the steak, asparagus, onions, and tomatoes.
  • Serve sprinkled with parmesan cheese and enjoy