Thai Peanut Beef and Pea Pods Over Noodles

Serve four in less than half an hour with this time-saving stir-fry.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

8
oz uncooked thin spaghetti
1
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
4
green onions, chopped (1/4 cup)
8
oz fresh pea pods, halved diagonally (about 3 cups)
1
red bell pepper, cut into 3x1/4x1/4-inch thin strips
1 1/2
cups chicken broth
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/4
teaspoon salt
2
teaspoons cornstarch
1/2
cup peanut butter
1/4
cup chopped salted peanuts
  • 1 Cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package; cover to keep warm.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Add onions, pea pods and bell pepper. Cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • 3 In small bowl, mix broth, ground red pepper, salt and cornstarch. Stir into beef and vegetables. Add peanut butter. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until thick and bubbly. Serve over cooked spaghetti; top with peanuts.

Expert Tips

If fresh pea pods aren’t available, you can use a package of frozen pea pods. Just place in a colander and run under warm water to quickly thaw them.

Most purchased peanut sauces are very spicy so we have added a little ground red pepper for a mild heat level in this homemade sauce. If your family likes very hot spicy food, add a little extra red pepper, or a few crushed red pepper flakes.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
730
(
Calories from Fat
320),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
36g
36%
(Saturated Fat
9g,
9%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
1000mg
1000%;
Total Carbohydrate
60g
60%
(Dietary Fiber
8g
8%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
42g
42%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
70%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
35%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.