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Szechuan Beef Pasta

This easy recipe for Szechuan Beef Pasta is a family staple and a reader favorite. Flavorful ground beef and pasta make it easy to skip the takeout and still keep weeknight dinners delicious! So much simpler than traditional Szechuan Beef and just as flavorful.

An oval Asian platter topped with Szechuan Beef and pasta, then topped with chopped green onions.

Today I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite dishes: Szechuan Beef Pasta. I’ve been making this Szechuan beef dish for years and we never get bored from enjoying it too much.

In fact, if too many days go by and I haven’t made it, requests for it inevitably start rolling in from family and even friends. It’s become such a part of our weekly family life that when it doesn’t appear we all really miss it.

What I love most about this particular Szechuan ground beef and pasta dish is that it’s fast and easy. Traditional Szechuan beef isn’t difficult to make, but why bother when you can get the same amazing flavor with less work? This easy recipe has so much flavor and it’s something different to do with ground beef from the typical casserole, tacos, etc.

WHAT IS SZECHUAN BEEF?

Here in the United States, Szechuan Beef is typically thin slices of beef that’s either coated in cornstarch prior to stir-frying or marinated in a cornstarch mixture. It’s very flavorful with a sweet and sometimes spicy sauce. Assorted vegetables are usually added to the stir-fry, then it’s all served over rice.

My version uses ground beef and pasta and skips the cornstarch entirely. The sauce is sweet and I like to add plenty of crushed red pepper to balance the flavors. Some readers keep it sweet to appease any eaters who aren’t fond of spicier foods.

You may want to start with a bit less hoisin sauce and increase to your taste. The same goes for the crushed red pepper. Start with less and add more if you prefer it spicier.

I’ve made it with ground turkey, too, and even served it over rice. Both versions are fantastic (although we do prefer it with pasta). Use whole wheat pasta and turkey in place of beef and you’ll have the healthiest Szechuan Beef around!

An oval Asian platter topped with Szechuan Beef and pasta, then topped with chopped green onions.

One of my longtime readers, Wendi H. from Seattle, WA, has raved about this dish for years. She frequently posts about it on Facebook and often makes funny Szechuan Beef references on my personal Facebook posts (we became Facebook friends through Szechuan Beef, haha)! She’s made this dish for her family once a week since first trying it several years ago and they’ve never tired of it, either!

MORE GROUND BEEF RECIPES:

Szechuan Beef Pasta

Szechuan Beef Pasta

Yield: 4 servings

Make a double batch and freeze some of the Szechuan Beef for an even easier weeknight meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 8 ounces vermicelli, cooked
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles; drain and keep warm.
  2. Pour sesame oil in pan and heat till hot. Saute onion and next 4 ingredients hot sesame oil until tender.
  3. Combine cornstarch and beef broth, whisking until smooth. Stir broth mixture, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce into onion mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Stir in ground beef.
  4. Toss the szechuan beef with hot cooked pasta, and sprinkle with sliced green onions.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 572Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 1057mgCarbohydrates: 41gNet Carbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 37g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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