The sweet, the savory, and the spicy join in this unusual and delicious dish. To be tender, flank steak needs to cook either fast and hot or long and slow. Here the method is a brief broil.Plus: More Pasta Recipes and Tips
Heat the broiler. Rub the flank steak with the 1 teaspoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Broil the meat until medium rare, about 4 minutes per side. Let it rest for 5 minutes and then cut it diagonally into slices.
In a large glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the pineapple, the remaining 1/4 cup oil, the jalapeño pepper, onion, lime juice, cilantro, black pepper, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon chili powder. Stir in the sliced steak.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the penne until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain and toss with the salsa and steak.
The combination of flavors in this dish welcomes an exuberantly fruity bottle of Merlot with soft tannins. Experiment with one from a California producer.