June 4, 2012

Spicy Peanut Noodles


I love, love, LOVE these noodles. For as much as I love peanut butter, I'm a little shocked that I haven't tried using it in a savory recipe before. This is one of my favorite dishes they make at a local deli that I eat at often. I did my best at re-creating the recipe at home by only reading the ingredient label and I think I did pretty well! This dish is so creamy and delicious with just a little kick of spice from the red pepper flakes!

I'm actually not much of a spicy foods lover. I'm a little boring in that way, but there's something about these noodles that I just love. The deli makes them a little too spicy for my liking - so I adjusted the recipe for less red pepper flakes. If spice is your thing - feel free to add more! Also, I tried this recipe with white pasta and whole wheat pasta. I almost always eat whole wheat pasta, but it didn't soak up the dressing as well as the white pasta. I think if I'm going to be serving this dish anytime soon - I'll be using the white pasta!

I'm so glad to be back in the kitchen cooking up all sorts of things for you guys. I've gotten most of my things unpacked and you better believe I unpacked my kitchen first. I had around 20 boxes just for my kitchen. It was a little insane. I was able to cook a few things yesterday and I have more cooking planned for today! I can't wait to share them with you!

Ingredients:
  • 1 16oz bag/box of spaghetti or fettuccine
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1/2 bunch of green onions - chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper -  julienne
  • 1/4 bunch of cilantro - chopped
  • Sesame seeds to garnish
Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 3 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes

Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Cut the vegetables and set aside.

In a bowl whisk together the sauce ingredients until well combined. You could also place the ingredients in your food processor or blender for easier mixing! Once the pasta is done cooking, drain, and allow to cool.

Add the noodles to the sauce and mix well. Add in the vegetables and toss together. Refrigerate for 3 hours before serving. Garnish with sesame seeds.

5 comments:

  1. yum yum yum! i love peanut noodles! those look delicious! thanks for the great recipe!

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  2. Love this! Have you tried Udon noodles? They are my go-to noodle for any asian-inspired recipe. I think they would work well with this.
    Looking forward to trying your recipe. BTW... I used to detest spice but I am finding I like things more and more spicey - even adding hot sauce to dishes. I think my taste-buds are dulling as I age! lol
    Glad to hear you are settling in.
    ~Rebecca

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  3. that looks ands sounds so delicious! definitely going to make this recipe!

    -Deborah, http://gardeniadreams.blogspot.com/

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  4. This recipe is in my regular rotations for dinner/lunch, thank you!

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    1. Thank you Crystal! It's on my regular rotation too!! I'm so glad you enjoy it!

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