Donna Hay’s Simple Beef Noodle Soup

Serves 4

Recipe taken from The New Easy by Donna Hay


  • 1.25 litres beef stock
  • 1 heaped tablespoon shredded ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 180g egg noodles
  • 1 x 300g piece fillet steak, thinly sliced
  • 200g oyster mushrooms
  • 1 white onion, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 15g Thai or ordinary basil leaves
  • 5g Vietnamese mint or coriander leaves
  • 180g bean sprouts, trimmed
  • 2 large red or green chillies
  • lemon wedges, to serve


  1. Place the stock, ginger, garlic, star anise and cinnamon in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Cook the noodles in a separate saucepan of boiling water for 2─3 minutes or until tender. Drain and divide the noodles between bowls.
  3. Cook the beef in the broth, in batches, for 25─30 seconds until just cooked and pink. Top the noodles with the beef. Remove the star anise and cinnamon from the broth and discard. Add the mushrooms and cook for 1 minute. Divide the broth and mushrooms between the bowls and top with the onion, basil, mint and bean sprouts. Serve with chilli and lemon wedges.

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