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Beef & Spinach Lo Mein

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

5 servings

If you like a good stir-fry, this beef and spinach lo mein will definitely satisfy. I discovered the recipe at an international luncheon, and it's now a favorite go-to meal. —Denise Patterson, Bainbridge, Ohio
Beef & Spinach Lo Mein Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound beef top round steak, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red chili pepper, seeded and thinly sliced

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the first 6 ingredients. Remove 1/4 cup mixture to a large bowl; add beef and toss to coat. Marinate at room temperature 10 minutes.
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1-1/2 teaspoons canola oil. Add half the beef mixture; stir-fry 1-2 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan. Repeat with an additional 1-1/2 teaspoons oil and remaining beef mixture.
  3. Stir-fry water chestnuts and green onions in remaining canola oil 30 seconds. Stir in spinach and remaining hoisin mixture; cook until spinach is wilted. Return beef to pan; heat through.
  4. Drain spaghetti; add to beef mixture and toss to combine. Sprinkle with chili pepper.

Beef and Spinach Lo Mein Tips

What other noodles can I use in beef and spinach lo mein?

Whole wheat or other multigrain spaghetti can be great in Asian dishes. Besides being more nutritious than regular spaghetti, they give a more robust and toothsome texture. Buckwheat or soba noodles would also be nice, and we always love a good ramen noodle recipe.

How do I store beef and spinach lo mein?

Cover and refrigerate the leftovers promptly and eat within 3 days. Find out how long leftovers keep, whether it's raw meat, pizza or other stir-fries.

Can I make this beef and spinach lo mein vegetarian?

Yes—simply leave out the beef! Or, whisk 3 large eggs with 3 tablespoons water, then fry it as a thin omelet in a bit of sesame oil in the large skillet. Slide the omelet onto a cutting board and proceed with stir-frying the vegetables. Then, chop up the omelet into little ribbons, and stir it in with the spaghetti. If you love this recipe, try our best stir-fry recipes.

Christine Rukavena, Taste of Home Senior Book Editor
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Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/3 cups: 358 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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