Spicy Asian Beef and Noodles

Serves 4
Printable Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 4 scallions, sliced  (reserve green tops for garnish)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup red or yellow bell pepper matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup carrot matchsticks
  • reserved green scallion tops, sliced
  • 8 ounce softened rice noodles
  • Optional garnish:  chopped peanuts and/or toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute oil, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic, ginger, and sliced scallions (whites) for about a minute.  
  2. Add the ground beef, sprinkle with salt and pepper.  
  3. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until beef is browned.  
  4. Add beef broth, soy sauce, and peanut butter; stir until combined.  
  5. Add bell peppers and carrots and saute until tender; 6-8 minutes.  
  6. Pour mixture over a bed of noodles.  
  7. Garnish with green scallion tops and optional chopped peanuts and sesame seeds if desired.

adapted from Laura's Lean Beef