SW recipe: Five-spice beef with noodles

Rich, spicy and comforting — the perfect stir-fry for those cooler spring nights




Low-calorie cooking spray (1 cal per spray)

250g extra-lean minced beef

1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

25g fresh root ginger, peeled and cut into fine matchsticks

2 pak choi, leaves separated and white parts cut into thick slices

10 spring onions, diagonally sliced

1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced

200g tenderstem broccoli, halved

200g dried soba noodles

3 tbsp dark soy sauce, plus extra to serve


1 Place a large frying pan or wok sprayed with low-calorie cooking spray over a medium-high heat. Add the beef and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Sprinkle over the five-spice powder and mix well.

2 Add the garlic, ginger, sliced pak choi (keep the leaves aside). spring onions, red pepper and broccoli and stir-fry for a further 1 minute. Pour over 150m1 cold water, cover and steam for 3-4 minutes.

3 Meanwhile, boil the noodles for 5-6 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until tender, then drain.

4 Add the pak choi leaves, the dark soy sauce and noodles to the pan or wok and heat until the noodles are hot and the leaves have wilted. Serve with extra soy sauce.

Syns per serving: Extra Easy FREE


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