Five-spice beef & sugar snap noodles

Fancy a Chinese tonight? Tear up the takeaway menu and make this low fat, spiced supper instead

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 458
  • fat 8g
  • saturates 8g
  • carbs 71g
  • sugars 5g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 30g
  • salt 4.08g


  • 250g lean minced beef
  • 3 nests medium egg noodles
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, finely grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 heaped tsp five-spice powder
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 225g pack mangetout or sugar snap peas
  • 400ml beef stock
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce, or more to taste
  • sesame oil, to serve
  • red chilli, deseeded and shredded to serve (optional)


  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan or wok, then fry the beef for 10 mins until very well browned. Don’t add any oil. Meanwhile, boil the noodles following pack instructions, then drain.

  2. Add the ginger, garlic, five-spice, chilli powder and mangetout to the browned mince, then fry for a few mins more until fragrant and the pods are bright green. Splash in the stock, add the noodles, then season with the soy sauce. Pile into bowls (use tongs, it’s easier), sprinkling with the sesame oil and red chilli if using.

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