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Peanut Noodles

November 11, 2008

Justin LOVES noodles with peanut sauce. We usually make this recipe, sometimes with sauteed tofu thrown in there. Last night I tried a version of the dish from my Gourmet cookbook, and we loved it.

It seemed so much easier, just tossing all the ingredients in the blender and pouring over the noodles. Dinner was ready in the time it took the water to boil and the pasta to cook.

Also, here are a few things I’m thinking about tonight:

• Moving back to our old awesome neighborhood, and our lovely little garage apartment next spring
• Carving stamps like these
• Going to see the premiere of Twilight at the IMAX the day before it opens to the public, where the director will be present for Q&A
• Denying that it really is mid-November already
• Falling in love with Fage Total 0% yogurt (with a bit of brown sugar and pecans)
• Wishing I could draw like this, and dress like this
• Listening to and absolutely loving The Kooks
• Thinking about friends

Okay, my head is cleared out now! On to the recipe. :)

Peanut Sesame Noodles

For Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 medium garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

For Noodles:

  • 3/4 pound dried thin spaghetti
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and thinly sliced

Make the dressing: Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Make the noodles: Cook pasta in boiling salted water until just tender. Drain in a colander, then rinse well under cold water.

Add pasta, green onions, bell pepper and dressing to a large bowl; toss well to combine. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook.

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8 Discussion to this post
  1. woozy says:

    yippee, you love the FAGE, too!!!

    and thanks for the new peanut noodle recipe, i am always on the lookout for the elusive easiest to whip-up but most delicious version…

    which is funny because most are pretty simple already, anyway. i guess on simple peanut noodle nights fast is never fast enough… thanks, pc, i’ll give this a “whiz!”

  2. weezie says:

    yippee, you love the FAGE, too!!!

    and thanks for the new peanut noodle recipe, i am always on the lookout for the elusive easiest to whip-up but most delicious version…

    which is funny because most are pretty simple already, anyway. i guess on simple peanut noodle nights fast is never fast enough… thanks, pc, i’ll give this a “whiz!”

    p.s. it is weezie again, not woozy as i posted before, WT*?!

  3. weezie says:

    and aslo it was i that posted on the fage on oct. 29. i can’t explain the identity crisis, other than to say, “i was hungry?”

    : )

  4. Crystal says:

    LOL – I figured it out somehow, weezie! And thanks so much for the Fage suggestion…that stuff is awesome. :)

  5. Heidi says:

    I am perplexed about the Twilight thing, b/c everywhere I looked said it was not going to be released in IMAX???

  6. Crystal says:

    Heidi, I found the info here: http://www.austinfilm.org/film/twilight

    You’re in Austin, right? It’s sold out, but there are still tickets to be had…my friend Natalie bought two tickets and now can’t make it, so I’d be happy to hook you two up if you’d like! I’ll email you, too, just in case. :)

  7. Anne says:

    this looks wonderfully tasty. my usual method of making peanut noodles is buying a peanut marinade and then adding 2 spoonfuls of peanut butter – because it’s never peanut-buttery enough – but this looks like it might be perfect.

  8. Gabriel says:

    Interesting, very nice. I am from the Slovak Republic. I am also a site for recipes for cooking. Only it be translated through Google translate.
    http://www.irecepty.com

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