Quick and easy weeknight meals are my favorite recipes to share. I especially love to create recipes with ground beef because it’s a staple that most people keep on hand. This Beef and Peppers with Egg Noodles recipe just might end up being one of your favorites. It’s simple, kid-friendly, so tasty, and can be done in 30 minutes. This Korean Beef Bowl recipe is another family favorite when using ground beef.
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This recipe calls for bell peppers, garlic, and onion in addition to ground beef. You can use fresh vegetables in it, or check your freezer section at the store for frozen diced onion and frozen bell peppers. Having those will make prep for this recipe even faster. If you keep a jar of minced garlic in your fridge, this meal will come together in no time. …but don’t skimp on the garlic. It’s the key ingredient in this recipe.
More Quick Weeknight Meals
- Zucchini Taco Skillet
- Broccoli Chicken Casserole with Egg Noodles
- Chicken Taco and Rice Skillet Dinner
- Teriyaki Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
- The Best Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese
- Classic Taco Soup
- Ketchup Sloppy Joes
STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS ON How to make beef and peppers with egg noodles
Frequently asked questions about Beef and Peppers with Egg Noodles
Is it okay to use ground turkey or pork instead of ground beef?
Yes, technically it’s okay. The flavor will be a little different though. When I substitute ground turkey or pork for ground beef, I always use beef bullion in place of salt to add a little beef flavor to the dish. Another meat I’ve substituted for the ground beef is Italian sausage. My family likes the Italian sausage. It reminds us of the Italian Sausage and Peppers recipe that we love.
what kind of peppers should I use in this recipe?
The recipe calls for bell peppers. I suggest a red and a green bell pepper, but any color of bell pepper will work great. If you like spice, you could experiment by adding jalapeno or any other spicy pepper of your choice.
my kids don’t like peppers. Can I substitute a different vegetable?
Taking the peppers out will completely change up the flavor, but you can still get a yummy meal by substituting a different vegetable. I would suggest zucchini, mushrooms, or carrots. When I add these vegetables and don’t want my kids to “see” them, I usually put them through the food processor or grate them really finely.
do i have to use egg noodles or can i use a different type of pasta?
The texture of the egg noodles pairs really nicely with the beef mixture. Egg noodles are a little softer than most pasta, but if you don’t have any, another pasta will be fine. A fettuccine broken into small pieces or even a penne or rotini are great choices.
how big of a pan will I need to saute this recipe?
A 10-inch saute pan will work, but I like to use a 12-inch pan. It gives plenty of room to saute everything without having to worry about spilling over the edge.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 lbs ground beef
- 1 large onion, halved and sliced (or 1 heaping cup of diced frozen onions)
- 2 large bell peppers--I use 1 red, 1 green (or 2 heaping cups of frozen bell peppers)
- 6 large garlic cloves crushed (or 2-3 Tbsp jarred garlic)
- 1 16 oz package egg noodles
- 3-4 Tbsp butter or olive oil
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- dried parsley
- garlic salt
- Start a large pot of salted water on high heat (adding noodles when it comes to a boil).
- While waiting for water to boil, drizzle 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a 12-inch saute pan on medium, high heat. Add ground beef. Salt and pepper it while it's browning.
- When beef is about halfway browned, add the peppers, onions, and garlic. Be sure to salt and pepper them as well. Continue browning.
- About now, the water should be boiling. Add the noodles and cook according to package directions.
- Continue stirring beef mixture. I like to cook it until there is visible brown on some of the veggies and beef. It really adds a depth of flavor.
- When noodles are done cooking, drain them and put them back into the pot. Don't put the pot back on the hot burner. 😉
- Add 3-4 Tbsp butter or olive oil and about ¼ cup Parmesan to the noodles and toss. At this point, you can add some dried parsley and garlic salt, if you like.
- Serve the meat mixture on top of the noodles.
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