Pepper Steak Noodle Soup

Stir fry steak and veggies for this Asian-inspired soup with noodles.


  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound whole wheat spaghetti
  • 3/4 pound thin-cut beef sirloin steak, very thinly sliced and patted dry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander (about 1/2 palmful)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh of ginger root, grated
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder (about 1/3 palmful)
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar or dry sherry
  • 6 cups vegetable or beef stock
  • 1/4 cup Tamari (dark soy sauce) or low-sodium Tamari (eyeball the amount)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 large bunch scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • A couple of handfuls of crisp bean sprouts
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente.

Meanwhile, season the steak with salt, pepper and coriander. In a large, deep skillet or wok, heat about 1 tablespoon oil, one turn of the pan, over high heat. Add the steak and cook for about 2 minutes on each side; transfer to a cutting board.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, one turn of the pan, to the skillet and add the bell peppers; cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the ginger, garlic and five-spice powder and toss for a minute or two. Stir in the vinegar or sherry, then add the stock and Tamari and bring to a boil. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water and stir into the broth to thicken for a minute more. Add the steak, scallions and bean sprouts to the soup and turn off the heat.

To serve, twist bundles of the whole wheat noodles around a fork and place in bowls. Pour in the soup and top with the cilantro.

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