Ramen is not just a dish; it’s a canvas for creativity and a source of comfort for many. Among the myriad ways to enjoy ramen, adding ground beef is a standout method that transforms the classic noodle soup into a hearty, flavor-packed meal. This innovation was born out of necessity during my college days, a time when quick, affordable, yet delicious meals were a must. The addition of savory ground beef to the springy noodles brought a new dimension of taste and satisfaction, making it an instant favorite and a regular feature in my meal rotation.
This ground beef ramen recipe is a testament to the dish’s adaptability and the magic of simple ingredients coming together to create something extraordinary. It’s perfect for anyone looking to elevate their ramen game with minimal effort. Give it a try, and let the rich flavors and textures take you back to those days of discovery and simplicity.
1 lb lean ground beef
1 bell pepper, sliced
4 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 onion, sliced
1 teaspoon grated ginger
3/4 cup matchstick-cut carrots
2 cups diced broccoli florets
3 packages of instant ramen noodles (seasoning packets discarded)
For the Sauce:
1/3-1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tsp cornstarch
3 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp light brown sugar
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp Sriracha sauce, or to taste
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EAT VEGETABLE BEEF SOUP
In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, and ginger until the onion becomes translucent.
Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook until browned, making sure to break it apart with a spatula.
Toss in the bell pepper, broccoli, and carrots. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a separate bowl, whisk together all the sauce ingredients until well combined.
Pour the sauce over the beef and vegetable mixture in the skillet. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce slightly thickens.
Meanwhile, cook the instant ramen noodles according to package instructions, omitting the seasoning packets. Drain well.
Add the cooked noodles to the skillet, tossing to ensure everything is evenly coated with the sauce.
Serve the ground beef ramen noodles hot, and savor the comforting and satisfying flavors.
This ground beef ramen is more than just a meal; it’s a reminder of how food can be both a necessity and a pleasure, capable of evoking memories and creating new ones. Enjoy this dish as a celebration of flavor, simplicity, and the joy of cooking.