Friday, August 30, 2013

Frugal Foodie Friday - Asian-Style Beef Noodles

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Recipes are rarely easier or less expensive to make than this quick two-pan supper. I think you'll also find it surprisingly tasty, given the scant number of ingredients used to make it. I do, however, want to give you a bit of a heads-up regarding one of the required ingredients. About two-thirds of the way through the recipe, you'll find a call for stir-fry sauce. The sauce can be purchased in the Asian ingredient section of any large supermarket, and while it adds extra cost to the recipe, it can be a bargain for those of you who do not do a lot of Asian cooking. It certainly is cheaper than purchasing the ingredients you would need to make your own and it keeps well if refrigerated. I did, however, want  to include  this link to an excellent stir-fry sauce for those of you who want to make your own. I must admit the dish looks better when made with a red bell pepper, but the cost constraints of Frugal Friday mandate using the green variety. This is a very forgiving recipe, so feel free to use any pasta that you wish. This makes a great lunch or light supper meal for a family. Children seem to like it, though the youngest of them will skirt around the green pepper, which I suspect will never touch their lips. I hope you will give this recipe a try. Here is how these simple, but tasty, beef noodles are made.

Asian-Style Beef Noodles...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Family Circle magazine


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 green bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
4 scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons ginger, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons stir-fry sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
8 ounces thin spaghetti or Chinese noodles


1) Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.
2) In large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef to skillet and cook for 6 minutes or until no longer pink.
3) Add green pepper, scallions, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes and sugar to skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and stir in stir-fry sauce and lime juice.
4) While beef is cooking, prepare spaghetti following package directions. Drain and add to skillet with beef mixture. Toss to combine. Yield: 4 servings.

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decocinasytacones said...

Compared to the ones served in normal Chinese food restaurants, yours looks moist, rich and yummy!!.
Have a great Friday

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Another delicious quick and easy... plus economical. Just gotta love that! blessings ~ tanna
ps I'm saving the cheeseburger soup for the first crisp fall morning!! =)

Kim G. said...

These looks quite simple to prepare but quite tasty!

Jenn S said...

This looks incredible, Mary. And yes, although I can see how it would look better with the red peppers, I'm sure it tastes amazing with either one :)

tanja said...

I love Asian-Style Beef Noodles, and yours look fantastic! I am hungry now :-)

David said...

Mary, This sounds pretty darn good. I'd make it without the bell peppers...perhaps substituting asparagus, baby peas or green beans. Thanks for the recipe! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Priya Suresh said...

Beautifully done, who can resist to this wonderful and delicious dish.

Fern @ To Food With Love said...

Nice one! And so simple too!

~~louise~~ said...

This is our kind of meal, Mary. Quick, easy and tasty, I'm sure!

Thanks for sharing...

Guru Uru said...

What a lovely simple dish :D


Daniela Grimburg said...

This home made Asían Style Noodles look so much better than the ones you usually get in restaurants.
Never tried to prepare them at home but your recipe inspires me to do it.
Have a great weekend!

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