Monday, March 8, 2010

Hot & Sour Peanut Noodles

I've already shared a couple great meatless recipes with you- Garlicky Clams Linguine and Shrimp Rotini. While delicious, those recipes both require some seafood which is not really a "pantry staple" (though the canned clams are easy to have on hand) and can sometimes be pricey. Plus, not every family enjoys seafood as much as mine!

Without a doubt, my "go-to" meatless recipe-- and one my husband requests at least every other week-- is Hot & Sour Peanut Noodles. Made from simple, on-hand ingredients, this quick, protein-packed meal always gets rave reviews.

Hot & Sour Peanut Noodles
12-16 oz. thin spaghetti (vermicelli)
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth/stock
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, based on your family's tolerance for heat
1/2 tsp (or so) minced garlic

Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain. Into hot pan (but you can turn the burner off), add remaining ingredients and stir until smooth.

Add noodles and toss.

This dish can stand alone like this, but it's even tastier if you add some things. Last night, I served it up with some chopped broccoli, cauliflower, red pepper, and zucchini mixed in.

Sometimes, I DO add meat-- chicken and pork are both equally delicious. We love it with mushrooms. The sky's the limit really-- just rely on your family's tastes and you can't go wrong. I've even made this recipe using rice instead of noodles-- still tasty!
People will look at you funny as you dump peanut butter in with spaghetti but trust me on've gotta try it! Super easy, super fast, super budget-friendly. Now that's using your noodle. (Sorry... had to do it.;))
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shopannies said...

love this twist for spaghetti noodles will try it for the teens

Upstatemomof3 said...

YUM! What an awesome noodles recipe.

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free said...

Yum! I bet my family would love this!