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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