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Soba Noodles with Spicy Cumin Lamb

This aromatic, fiery main course may be just the thing to warm up a chilly fall evening.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup noodles and 1 cup lamb mixture)


  • 7 ounces uncooked soba noodles
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 8 ounces ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 9 baby carrots, halved lengthwise


1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse; drain well.

2. Combine chicken broth and next 4 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

3. Heat a large wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb; cook 2 1/2 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove lamb from pan with a slotted spoon; set aside.

4. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add oil to drippings in pan; swirl to coat. Add cumin and red pepper; cook 30 seconds or until seeds begin to pop, stirring frequently. Add vegetables to pan; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add lamb and broth mixture; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until liquid is slightly reduced. Serve over noodles.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 409
  • Fat: 16.5g
  • Saturated fat: 5.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 6.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.5g
  • Protein: 23.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 45.4g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Iron: 3.6mg
  • Sodium: 621mg
  • Calcium: 65mg

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