Easy Peanut Noodles is a quick and comforting meal perfect for peanut butter lovers on busy weeknights. This Thai inspired dinner has simple ingredients and can be adjusted easily with spice levels and various add ons. Leftovers make a delicious packed work lunch.
4largegarlic cloves *crushed, about 1 tablespoon (See Note #2 below)
1teaspoonground gingerSee Note #3 below
1/4 cupsoy sauce*or Tamari
1/2-3/4cupboiling water (from pasta water)
3tablespoonstoasted sesame oil
Bring water to boil for pasta. See Note #4 below
In a large mixing bowl add peanut butter, garlic and soy sauce.
Using a glass liquid measuring cup, remove the desired amount of boiling water from the pot for the pasta. Pour boiling water over the top of the peanut butter mixture and whisk until smooth.
Cook pasta following instructions on the package. (Lo Mein noodles cook very quickly.)
Meanwhile, add the vinegar, sesame oil and sriracha to the peanut butter mixture. Mix well.
Add cooked and drained pasta to the peanut butter mixture and toss well.
Garnish with diced green onions, cilantro leaves, toasted sesame seeds or toasted peanuts.
Recipe NotesNote #1- I used lo mean noodles for this recipe because I love the chewy texture. However, spaghetti, ramen, soba, rice or linguine noodles may also be used successfully. Also, 14-16 ounces of pasta works well with this recipe.Note #2- A garlic press makes an easy job of crushing the garlic. Also, this quick video shows how to peel garlic without loosing your mind. Note #3- This is my favorite ground ginger because of the taste and quality. Also, using ground ginger shaves off several minutes of the preparation time. Note #4- Start boiling the water for the pasta immediately before preparing anything else since the boiling water will be needed shortly into the preparation.Note #5- This recipe has a mild spice. For a very spicy alternative add in 1/4 cup of chili garlic sauce along with a few tablespoons of ground Thai chili. For medium heat add 1-2 tablespoons more sriracha. Lower the sriracha down to 1/2-1 tablespoon and increase the vinegar by 1 tablespoon for anyone who has delicate taste buds. Note #6- See the variations section in the above post for additional add on options.