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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Simple Peanut Sesame Noodles

I used to make this all the time. I saw a similar recipe on a TV show once when I first moved away from home. I think it might have been TLC's Home Made Simple. I didn't know how to cook very many things. But I could make this. And it was yummy.

I like to toss a bunch of cilantro on top so that it looks green and healthy. It isn't healthy. But I like to fool myself.

I always love sesame noodles at potlucks, but I think this version (which is so super easy to make!) which includes lots of fresh lime juice and cilantro is particularly yummy & lively.

The ingredient list is short, and mostly compromised of pantry staples. (do you all keep soy sauce, rice vinegar, and siracha as pantry staples?)

Your favorite noodles - I like to use linguini, I really like the Ronzoni "smart taste" one because it is supposedly healthier, but looks and tastes the same as the normal stuff.
1 cup peanut butter - any kind works, but keep in mind if it is salted or sweetened, you will need to taste as you go and adjust the flavors.
1 TBS rice vinegar
1 TBS soy sauce
1/2  cup water
2 tsp sirracha
1 TBS sesame seeds - I have the mix of dark and light seeds. the dark ones sort of look like ticks. I prefer the regular whiteish seeds alone for that reason. But the blend works. Just don't think too much about how much the dark ones look like ticks. Thanks.
a lot of chopped fresh cilantro
juice of half a lime

If you want to be fancy with this, you can start by lightly toasting your sesame seeds in the bottom of a pan.You can also cut nice extra lime wedges to put on the plates when you serve. Just saying.

1.Start by boiling some water for your pasta. Follow the directions on the package and make your noodles.
2. while they cook, put the peanut butter in the bottom of a hot sauce pan. Add the rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sirracha and taste as you go. If it's too sour you can add more PB or a bit of sugar. Too sweet, add more soy sauce, rice vinegar or siracha. you get it, this is one of those adjust it as you go along recipes.
3. Add the water and mix over heat until blended. This should create a thick, opaque sauce.
4. Drain your noodles (don't rinse or add oil) and pour the sauce over. Mix, adding the sesame seeds, lime juice, and cilantro.
5. Serve warm, room temp, or chilled. Totally your choice. Today is all about choices. You're in charge.

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