Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simplest Peanut Noodles Ever

I think one of the greatest feelings in the kitchen is when you find a recipe that is super simple, can be made without having to buy special ingredients, has amazing flavor and satisfies your family. That is a really tall order than few dishes can live up to, it is really hard to please Everybody!  But this peanut noodle recipe really hits the target for our family. Everyone loves it, I always have the ingredients on hand (who doesn't own a giant jar of peanut butter?) And with the peanut butter added, I don't have to add an additional protein. I just heat up a bag of frozen veggies and we are ready to be in the time it takes to boil spaghetti!

Easy Peanut Noodles Recipe

2 cups broccoli florets
8 oz linguine or spaghetti

for the sauce
3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3/4 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil. Substitute with canola oil.
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
Crushed red chili flakes, as much as you like

2 tablespoons chopped green onion or cilantro or parsley for garnish

1. In a large pot, bring plenty of salted water to a boil.

2. While water is coming to a boil, work on the sauce. Place all sauce ingredients (peanut butter through red chili flakes) in a bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of water, and whisk everything together till a sauce forms. Set aside.

This is the first time I have made peanut sauce this way, and I was pretty sure it wasn't going to work. But I added all the ingredients to my glass mixing bowl and just gently whisked. It took a minute but it came together really well no special steps were necessary. 

When your pasta is done cooking, drain it in a large colander.

 Pour the peanut sauce all over the pasta and toss well. Taste the pasta, if it needs more salt, add soy sauce half a tablespoon at a time, tossing and tasting as you go.

Garnish with chopped green onions, cilantro or parsley. Serve warm or cold.