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Ground Beef Ramen

This flavor-packed Ground Beef Ramen combines juicy ground beef, an array of tender veggies, and saucy ramen noodles to make an unforgettable 30-minute meal the whole family will love!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword Ground Beef Ramen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 377kcal
Cost $8.12

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 large red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons EACH: finely minced garlic and finely minced ginger (~2-3 cloves garlic, and ~1-inch piece ginger)
  • 1 pound (16 oz.) lean ground beef (93/7%)
  • 1 large red bell pepper cut into very thin strips
  • 2 cups (160g) finely diced broccoli
  • 3/4 cup (63g) matchstick carrots
  • 3 packages (3 oz.; 85g EACH) ramen (instant) noodles, seasoning packets discarded

Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 3 tablespoons (48g) lite (low sodium) soy sauce Note 1
  • 1/3 cup (77g) low sodium chicken broth Note 2
  • 2 teaspoons (11g) toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon EACH: light brown sugar, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (37g) oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper (or 1/8 tsp pepper)
  • Garnish with: 3-4 green onions, a few drizzles of sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • SAUCE: In a wide-mouth jar or small bowl, use a fork to whisk together the cornstarch with soy sauce. Once smooth, add in the remaining sauce ingredients. Whisk until smooth and set aside.
  • VEGGIE PREP: Prepare the veggies before you start cooking, because once you start, it all goes quickly! Halve an onion and slice very thinly. Finely mince the ginger and the garlic. Remove the stem and seeds from the red pepper and slice it very thinly. Finely chop the broccoli. Measure out the matchstick carrots. Thinly slice the green onions.
  • COOK BEEF: Heat a wok or large and deep sauté pan (12 inches minimum) over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and swirl to coat. Once the oil is shimmering, add in the onion. Cook for 4-5 minutes and then reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the ginger and garlic, stirring constantly to keep it from burning. Stir for 10-20 seconds and then push to the edges of the pan. Increase heat to high, drizzle in 1 more tablespoon oil, and add the ground beef to the center of the pan. Let it cook for 30 seconds without disturbing. Then, use a wooden spoon to break apart the meat into crumbles and cook until it's no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes (it's okay if it's not fully cooked through at this point). Integrate the onions, garlic, and ginger into the beef as you crumble and cook it.
  • RAMEN: While beef is cooking, place a large pot of water to boil. Open ramen packets and discard seasoning packets. Follow package directions to cook the ramen noodles (don't add any salt to the pasta water), cooking for 1 minute and 30 seconds less than the package directs. Drain noodles and immediately toss with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil. Set aside.
  • COOK VEGGIES: Reduce the heat to medium-high. Add the red pepper, broccoli, and matchstick carrots. It will seem like a lot, but it cooks down quickly. Stir-fry for 3-4 minutes or until mostly crisp-tender. Give the sauce one more quick stir. Add the cooked noodles and sauce to the skillet. Continue to cook, tossing everything with tongs for about 2-4 more minutes or until sauce is absorbed into the mixture and thickened nicely and the veggies are all crisp-tender. (There should still be some bite to the veggies -- they shouldn't be soggy!)
  • FINISHING: Taste and add additional soy sauce, Sriracha, and salt and/or pepper as needed. Top with green onions and enjoy while hot. Drizzle additional Sriracha or a small drizzle of sesame oil and sprinkle of sesame seeds on individual plates if desired.

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Notes

Note 1: I recommend light soy sauce for this recipe. Regular soy sauce made this dish a little too salty for our taste!
Note 2: We found beef stock to be a little overpowering, but you can use it if you'd prefer a more beef-y flavor. Definitely use low-sodium here or the dish will likely be too salty.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 767mg | Potassium: 1050mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 9081IU | Vitamin C: 148mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 4mg