Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles
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This is another simple pantry meal that lets you stretch your meat budget, yet fill tummies with a flavorful and hearty offering. These pork and peanut dragon noodles are incredibly delicious and easy to make! They take around 20 minutes start to finish and are spicy, savory, salty, and better than any takeout!
You can swap the pork for chicken or beef (or even tofu!) and add more veggies if you want. This is the type of recipe that lets you play with the ingredients as much as you like as the sauce brings it all together.
Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles
The beset thing about this recipe is the fact that you can use pretty much any kind of noodles under the sauce and meat. Do you have Ramen at home? Whip a few packs of those babies up. Spaghetti noodles? Boil up a one pound box and drain it. Fetuccini noodles? They are broader and able to hold the sauce better, making a more flavorful bite. There is no need to get fancy noodles like Samyang. WIth a box of pasta being under a buck, this makes for a super inexpensive family meal.
What kind of meat to use?
My favorite kind is sale. What ever kind of meat is on sale. Look at your grocery store sales flier and if it is pork? Use that. One nice sized pork chops will easily make this dish. Maybe there is a deal on boneless-skinless chicken breasts and one to two of those would do the trick. I have even seen packages of shaved steak – perfect fo a Philly beef style sandwich – that would work perfectly. One of those packages would make this recipe three times over! You only use half a pound of meat in this dish. Let’s say you pay $1.99 a pound for that chicken. That means you only hdd another dollar to the cost of this meal.
What veggies would you add?
I know this Pork and Peanut Dragon Noodles recipe doesn’t have many veggies in it, but you can fluff this recipe easily with just about anything. If you think of standard Asian fare, think thinly sliced celery, grated carrots, chopped broccoli, sliced water chestnuts, and even bok choi! This truly becomes a “fridge clean out” kind of meal that still impresses everyone. By going with what you already have in your fridge? This keeps the cost down further! Feeding a family for under three dollars? Winner!
How to make Dragon Noodles
You will need:
1/2 Pound pork, diced
2 Tbsp sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
1/3 Cup soy sauce
1/3 Cup brown sugar
1/4 Cup green onions, chopped
1 Tsp garlic powder
1 Tsp ginger powder
1 Tsp sriracha or hot sauce or chili flakes
1 Pound pasta, cooked
1/4 Cup chopped peanuts + more for topping
In a large pan over medium heat the sesame oil. Add the pork and cook until browned.
Add the soy sauce brown sugar, green onions, garlic powder, ginger powder, and sriracha and stir to combine.
Cook, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
Add the cooked pasta and toss so everything gets coated.
Add the chopped peanuts and toss once more.
Serve topped with more chopped peanuts and cilantro.