Dinner in Under 30 Minutes: Spicy Beef Noodles

February 12, 2009

If you’re looking for a flavorful one-dish meal in under 30 minutes, look no further. This is a recipe I developed for Laura’s Lean Beef, and it’s really simple and has just the right spice of fresh ginger, peanut butter, garlic, low-sodium soy sauce and green onions. With only 330 calories and 10 grams of fat, you can enjoy this Asian beef dish. Feel free to use whole wheat noodles if you choose or even brown rice instead of the noodles and ground turkey or chopped cooked chicken for the beef.

Spicy Beef Noodles

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


1 pound lean ground round

1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup shredded carrots

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1 cup low-salt, fat-free beef broth

1/4 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

8 ounces vermicelli, cooked (I used whole wheat)

1/4 cup sliced green onions

2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Chopped peanuts (optional)


1. Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until beef is browned. 

2. Add red pepper and next 7 ingredients and sauté 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Toss beef mixture with hot pasta, green onions, sesame seeds and chopped peanuts, if desired. Serve immediately.

Cooking Tip: Texture is the key when purchasing fresh ginger. It should be absolutely solid — not mushy or soft. The skin should be smooth; wrinkled skin is a sign of old ginger.

Cooking Tip: Raw green onions have, in a small number of instances, been connected to food-borne illness. The only reliable way to eliminate this risk is to cook green onions thoroughly. Saute in a skillet for 2 mintues.

5 Responses to “Dinner in Under 30 Minutes: Spicy Beef Noodles”

  1. Rebecca Hallman Says:

    Just prepared this recipe tonight, thinking that it looked like something my husband would enjoy, but not so much myself. We both loved it! It was delicious and I definitely will make this again.

    P.S. This is the first of your recipes I have tried. I just recently joined your e-mail list. Thanks. I’m looking forward to many more good recipes.

  2. Kim Says:

    Made this tonight. Yum! Plus good recipe for kids to help with. Actually got some veggies in them! Thanks – keep them coming.

  3. Donna Askenazi Says:

    This was fantastic. I didn’t put that much crushed red pepper and I used natural peanut butter. Turned out great!

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