Aug 2 11
by cara
at 5:17 PM
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Peanut Beef Noodle Bowl

I’ve been craving Asian food this pregnancy, big time.  Instead of getting takeout from Pei Wei or P.F. Chang’s every time the craving arises, I’ve been trying to satisfy my cravings at home.  This is a new favorite recipe that I’ve already made several times.  (My other current favorite is Beef with Peppers.)  Yes, the recipe includes Ramen..which seems very college-y to me.  I don’t eat (or purchase) Ramen very often, but they work well in this dish.  You could easily substitute another type of noodles (rice noodles, perhaps?).  Chicken or pork would also work well in this dish.

Peanut Beef Noodle Bowl

adapted from Food.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 6 ounce packages of oriental-flavor instant ramen noodles
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables, cut bite size (broccoli, sweet pepper strips, snow peas, sliced carrots, squash, etc.)
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound cooked ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts (or other nuts, like cashews)
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Set aside seasoning packets from noodles to use in recipe.

    In a large saucepan bring 2 quarts water to a boil. Break up noodles slightly and add to water along with cut up vegetables. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Drain and return to saucepan.

    Meanwhile, for sauce, in a medium saucepan whisk together the 1 1/4 cups water, peanut butter, soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, crushed red pepper, and seasoning packet. Stir until smooth. Cook, stirring for 2 more minutes.
    Add beef to the sauce; heat through. Add to the noodle mix in saucepan.  Toss to combine.  Top with peanuts or cashews and green onions. Serve.

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