Beef and Asparagus Lo Mein; purple

I found ramen noodles at the Asian supermarket.

Not the little packets of noodles and seasonings that are a cheap, quick, lunch option, but a big package of plain ramen noodles.

I love noodles.

I have been known to buy the little packages, toss out the seasoning and just eat the plain noodles…..

I decided they would be perfect for a lo mein with the odd bits of asparagus I had left after the weekend.

Mine only needed 2 minutes to cook. If you don’t have them use regular spaghetti noodles (which I have done in the past).

I made notes in the recipe for cooking times.

I stir-fried both white and green asparagus. The white asparagus was thin so it worked. Big, fat spears should be boiled first. Here is a primer on asparagus and here is detailed information on cooking the big, fat white asparagus

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Beef and Asparagus Lo Mein

Lo Mein is, basically, a stir-fry on noodles. We love noodles / pasta of all types but you could serve this on rice or quinoa as well.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Stir-Fry

Ingredients

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  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef (mince)
  • 6 green garlic, sliced, including green tops 
  • 6oz (180gr) green asparagus, trimmed, sliced into 2″ (5cm) lengths
  • 6oz (180gr) white asparagus, peeled, trimmed, sliced into 2″ (5cm) lengths
  • 1/2 red pepper, sliced, slices cut into thirds
  • 6oz (180gr) ramen noodles or 4oz (120gr) spaghetti
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sherry
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (Maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water

Instructions

  • Heat salted water in a large pot for noodles / spaghetti.
  • Start spaghetti 12 minutes before serving; noodles 2 minutes (or whatever your package says).
  • Heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add white asparagus to skillet; stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add green asparagus, red pepper, green garlic (or onion and garlic), stir-fry another 3 minutes.
  • Remove vegetables from skillet and set aside.  Add beef, and fry, breaking it up as it browns.
  • Return vegetables to pan.
  • Add beef stock, soy sauce, sherry, and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Uncover skillet and stir in cornstarch mixture until thickened.
  • When noodles / spaghetti is done, drain and divide onto 2 plates.
  • Top with beef and vegetables and serve.

Notes

Green garlic is immature garlic, pulled before the cloves form. It looks like a green onion. Substitute green onions, sliced the same and 2 cloves garlic, minced.
White asparagus needs to be peeled carefully, as it is brittle. Peel from the tip to stem.

Keywords: beef, asparagus, skillet dinner

Beef and Asparagus Lo Mein

We finally had a nice day today so I have hopes that my potager will finally start to grow.

The cool weather apparently is just what my herbs like, even if the vegetables don’t.

The chives have been blooming for weeks:

As has the sage:

The bumble bees seem particularly fond of the sage…. It’s humming whenever I’m near it.

6 thoughts on “Beef and Asparagus Lo Mein; purple”

  1. I love ramen noodles. I too toss the packet and just do the noodles. 🙂 I can’t get just a big bag of noodles at the store I shop at though.

    I love your picture of the chives. I have to say though, I have to go round and pick off all the flowers anymore because I have chives growing everywhere. And I mean everywhere! All the flowerbeds, the grass, the edge of the driveway…I keep pulling them from the spots I don’t want them to grow and they just keep growing.

    • But they smell so nice when you mow ! I had that happen with garlic chives when we lived in MN. I finally dug them up and threw them into the woods – where they promptly took over.

    • That is a transplant from my old herb garden, which the bunnies destroyed. Now, both are doing incredibly well. Apparently, bunnies are not a match for sage.

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