Sesame Peanut Sauce Noodles – 20 Minute Meal Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

For the noodles:

  • 8 ounces dried spaghetti, linguine, ramen noodles, or your favorite pasta
  • Salt for the pasta water

For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a touch of heat)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons hot water

For serving (optional):

  • Chopped green onions
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Sriracha or chili oil
  • Lime wedges

Instructions:

1. Cook the noodles:

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.Cook the pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

2. Make the sauce:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey (or maple syrup), sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes (if using), and garlic.
  • Gradually whisk in the hot water, a tablespoon at a time, until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. It should be pourable but still thick enough to coat the noodles.

3. Combine noodles and sauce:

  • Add the cooked noodles to the bowl with the sauce. Toss to coat evenly.

4. Serve:

  • Divide the noodles among bowls.
  • Top with your desired garnishes: green onions, sesame seeds, cilantro, chopped peanuts, sriracha, and lime wedges for a squeeze of fresh flavor.

Tips:

  • Customize it: Add sautéed vegetables (broccoli, bell peppers, carrots), cooked chicken, tofu, or shrimp for extra protein.
  • Double the sauce: This sauce is great for leftovers. Make a double batch and use it throughout the week as a dressing for salads, a dip for veggies, or a stir-fry sauce.
  • Adjust the spice: If you like things spicy, add more red pepper flakes or a drizzle of sriracha.

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