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Peanut Sesame Noodles September 29, 2009

Posted by sugarandbliss in Chinese, pasta.
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As a student cooking for one, I need meals that are quick and easy to prepare. This dish is super easy to throw together and is absolutely delicious! The sauce can be prepared in advance, and the leftovers saved for more noodles another night, or used as a dipping sauce for whatever you’d like.

Peanut Sesame Noodles
Adapted from Food Mayhem

This recipe is mainly for the sauce. You can garnish with whatever you think is suitable. Traditionally called dan dan mein, it is topped with julienned cucumbers, minced pork, and crushed peanuts. I used lettuce because that’s all I had. You can also add Siracha sauce in place of chili garlic sauce.

whole wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy – your choice)
1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
4 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 – 2/3 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced (add more or less as desired)
chopped lettuce
1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce (adjust to your own taste)

In a large pot of boiling water, cook the spaghetti until al dente or tender, according to your preference.
In a medium sized bowl, combine peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar,water, and minced garlic. Add water until the sauce reaches desired consistency. Add more for thinner sauce, less for thicker.
Drizzle sauce over cooked noodles then top with chopped lettuce and dollop the chili garlic sauce. Stir just before eating and enjoying!