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Kung Pao Style Noodles

At just $1.40/serving, this recipe help keep you on budget with a meal as delicious as it is easy!
Prep Time7 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 423kcal
Cost: $5.60


Sauce Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup Bragg Liquid Aminos soy sauce, or tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon miso paste
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ginger freshly minced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Other Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. firm or extra-firm tofu about 1/2 a package, pan-fried
  • 8 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 medium red onion cut into long thin strips
  • 1 cup red bell pepper cut into 1/4" wide strips, optional
  • 12 oz. frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • ¼ cup peanuts


  • Prep all the veggies as this recipe comes together fast.
  • Place all the sauce ingredients into a small bowl and whisk well, then set aside.
  • Cube the tofu and pan fry it in a non-stick pan until lightly browned on all sides. Set aside on a plate.
  • Cook the noodles according to package directions, drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside.
  • In a large pot or high-sided frying pan large enough to accommodate all the ingredients, add the bell peppers and red onions, sauté over medium-high heat for approx. 5 to 7 minutes, just to slightly tender stage. Add a splash of water if they start to stick.
  • Then move the veggies to the side of the pan and add the sauce and cook until it starts to caramelize and thicken (about 3 to 4 minutes), then fold in the peanuts, tofu, and cooked noodles. Gently fold until the mixture thickens and evenly coats all the noodles and peanuts.
  • Serve immediately.


I calculated the costs for this recipe in the Summer of 2020 using Kroger's online store. Prices at your local store may vary. 
We normally buy whole grain pasta but I use white pasta in this recipe because it is cheaper. To reduce costs further, use soy sauce instead of the Bragg Liquid Aminos and 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder for the fresh. 


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1277mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5559IU | Vitamin C: 59mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 3mg