Gluten-free Asian Beef Noodle Soup

This quick Asian Beef Noodle soup with bok choy is gluten-free, a little spicy and uses salad dressing for an easy flavourful punch. It’s a satisfying one-pot meal that’s ready in under 30 minutes!

I love soup; especially easy soups with Asian flavours. I cannot go to a Thai or Vietnamese restaurant without ordering some kind of soup! Asian soups are healthy, light, spicy, warm and perfect for a cool fall evening. But making soup can be extremely time-consuming. And if you’re anything like me, you don’t have that much time to spare for soup making! I’d rather not dedicate my entire weekend to cooking so I need a few quick, easy and healthy weeknight dinner recipes in my back pocket.
This is one of those recipes. I created this delicious and easy Gluten-free Asian Beef Noodle Soup with rice noodles when I was brainstorming creative recipes for a Kraft salad dressing contest. Well, it happened to be one of my experiments that went well (even after one try)- not like some of my early recipe experiments, specifically my Citrus Sunset Dessert Lasagna.

When I first started creating my own recipes about 8 years ago, I had many flops. Too many to even count.  But my Citrus Sunset Dessert Lasagna was one of my first and probably my biggest recipe fails ever. It was for a citrus contest and of course, in my mind, I had envisioned this beautifully baked dessert lasagna with bright, colourful layers of orange cake, cooked lemon pudding, topped with a stunning green lime jello (what the hell was I thinking?!) that would end up looking like a citrus sunset; whatever that looked like.

Who knew salad dressing was such a quick and easy way to get lots of flavour into your beef noodle soup? Well I discovered, through this experiment, that it is. And this quick Asian Beef Noodle Soup with bok choy can be made in one pot and in under 30 minutes. This one pot spicy asian beef soup is great for a quick gluten-free soup on a busy chilly night and it’s ready in under 30 minutes. Or make it ahead – it keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days.  If you are not sure how to chop bok choy, here’s a video: How to chop bok choy.

Funny, as I boasted about now being able to make my recipes in one try, I happened to make not one, but two recipe FAILS this weekend. I must have jinxed myself – if you believe in that sort of thing. Or maybe I was just long overdue for a fail. Well, on to round 2…