cumin spiced lamb noodles with spinach and lime

After eating at our favorite hand pulled noodle shop in Chinatown this past summer, we wanted to recreate their lamb noodles.

By: Anna Decker / 08/19/2015

The use of pappardelle provides the perfect vehicle for the spicy lamb meat without all the hassle of hand pulling your own noodles, because really who has time for that?! Cook, relax and enjoy!

What you’ll need:

1 medium red onion 2 long red chiles 8 oz ground lamb 6 oz pappardelle few sprigs fresh cilantro 1 lime 2 teaspoons cumin 2 tablespoons tamari 3 oz baby spinach 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar vegetable oil sugar coarse salt


large pot strainer large skillet

Recipe steps:

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Peel then thinly slice red onion, and thinly slice thai chile.

  2. Cook lamb

    Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium high. Add lamb and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and, using a slotted spoon, transfer to small bowl.

  3. Cook pasta

    Meanwhile, add pasta to boiling salted water and cook until al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving ½ cup pasta water. Pick cilantro from stems and cut lime into wedges.

  4. Cook vegetables

    Add 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add onion and cook, stirring, until tender and golden in spots, about 5 minutes. Add lamb, cumin, tamari, 2 teaspoon sugar and ½ of the chile. Cook until sauce is almost completely reduced, about 1 minute.

  5. Add spinach

    Add spinach to skillet and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 1 minute.

  6. Finish pasta

    Add cooked pasta, pasta water, and vinegar to skillet and cook, tossing, until liquid reduces and coats pasta, about 2 minutes; season with salt. Serve pasta topped with cilantro and remaining chile. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!

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