This is excellent. A friend at work gave me the recipe and she got it off the internet. I made it tonight with a few minor changes and loved it. It makes a lot but reheats well.
- 1 lb lean ground beef, cooked and drained on paper towels
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and torn into bite size pieces (reserve 2 tbls bacon fat)
- 2 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodles (broken into 3 sections)
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium red onion, diced (about 1 1/4 cup)
- 1 medium cabbage, chopped (about 8-10 cups)
- 3 carrots, cut into thin 1 inch strips
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
- 2 -4 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 3 cups bean sprouts (Mung bean)
- light soy sauce, to taste
- crushed red pepper flakes (about 1/2 to 1 tsp) (optional)
- In a large skillet or wok, brown ground beef and set aside to drain on paper towels.
- Fry bacon, drain on paper towels and reserve 2 Tbsp of the bacon fat.
- Heat the bacon grease over medium heat.
- Add chopped onions and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes or until onions are soft.
- Add 2 - 4 tbls. soy sauce.
- Add carrots and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add cabbage & red bell pepper.
- Stir-fry on medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender. (We like ours crisp so you may want to cook longer).
- Prepare Ramen noodles as directed on package, drain, and toss with a little olive oil to keep them from sticking together (do not add the seasoning packets).
- Add ground beef, bacon and crushed red pepper flakes (if using) to the vegetable mixture and cook at medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until meat is heated through.
- Add bean sprouts and Ramen noodles to meat and vegetable mixture and stir fry 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Serve with extra soy sauce to taste.
I've been making this recipe for about three years and it remains on of my son's favorites. We leave out the bean sprouts. Great recipe!
Entire family LOVED this recipe. I forgot to buy bean sprouts so I added lots of mushrooms, I imagine you could use any veg that would be great in a stir-fry. I also added the ramen soup base. Delish!!!
Made this yesterday and it was a big hit. DH said this is one of my finer casseroles. I made the whole recipe and the two of us finished it off in two days. One dinner and one lunch for us. Will definetly be making this often. Thank you for posting this.