Beef and Spinach Sukiyaki

7
Total Time
48 min
Prep
18 min
Cook
30 min
Serves
8
Difficulty
Easy
Japanese people consider sukiyaki the perfect food to have when friends or relatives get together, because of the easy one-pot cooking style.

Ingredients

uncooked capellini

8 oz, or angel hair pasta

vegetable oil

4 tsp

sugar

2 Tbsp

uncooked trimmed beef tenderloin

1 pound(s), trimmed of all visible fat, cut lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise into very thin slices

cooked green cabbage

½ pound(s), Napa, cut into 1-inch pieces

uncooked scallion(s)

7 medium, or 1 bunch, cut into 1-inch pieces

fresh mushroom(s)

6 oz, white, halved, or quartered if large

reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 cup(s)

sake

cup(s), or dry white wine, or dry vermouth

low sodium soy sauce

¼ cup(s)

firm tofu

½ pound(s), cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes

fresh spinach

6 oz, fresh baby leaves

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions in a large heavy pot; drain. Rinse under cold running water; drain again. Wipe the pot dry.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in the same pot over medium heat. Sprinkle the sugar evenly in the pot and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar turns caramel-colored, about 2 minutes. Add half of the beef and cook over medium-high heat until just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer the beef to a plate. Repeat with the remaining beef. Reduce the heat to medium to prevent the sugar from burning, if necessary.
  3. Return the beef to the pot along with the pasta, cabbage, scallions, mushrooms, broth, sake, and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tofu and spinach; cook until the spinach wilts, about 1 minute. Yields generous 1 cup per serving.

Notes

Bring out the chopsticks when you sit down to enjoy this popular Japanese dish. Serve it in shallow soup bowls and drink the flavorful broth from the bowl.

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