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Slow Cooker Ginger-Beef Noodle Soup
© Fredrika Stjärne

Slow Cooker Ginger-Beef Noodle Soup

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 4 HRS 45 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6
  • MAKE-AHEAD

This gingery soup features meaty shiitake mushrooms, shredded beef chuck and chewy Japanese udon noodles.

  1. 1 1/2 pounds beef chuck in one piece
  2. 8 cups beef broth
  3. 4 cups water
  4. 1/2 cup soy sauce
  5. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons very thinly sliced peeled ginger (4 ounces)
  6. 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  7. 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  8. 1/2 star anise pod
  9. 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, caps only, thickly sliced
  10. 3 large scallions, thinly sliced
  11. 1 pound fresh Chinese egg noodles or thick Japanese udon
  12. Toasted sesame oil or hot chili oil, for serving
  1. In a slow cooker, combine the meat with the broth, water, soy sauce, ginger, onion, garlic and star anise. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, until the meat is tender. Transfer the meat to a plate and let cool slightly. Using 2 forks, pull the meat into thick shreds.
  2. Strain the broth, discarding the solids. Return the broth to the cooker. Add the shiitakes, scallions and shredded meat. Cook on high for 15 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook until al dente. Drain well.
  4. Add the noodles to the soup. Serve in deep bowls, passing the sesame or chili oil at the table.
Make Ahead The soup can be prepared through Step 2 and refrigerated for up to 4 days.