If you like Asian peanut sauce, you will love this dish! It's easy and quick and something your kids will probably devour. My family likes to eat it with chop sticks. This is also really good served cold and it packs well in lunch boxes.
Choose from whole wheat, semolina, spelt, brown rice pasta (my choice) or quinoa pasta. .
Noodles with Sesame Peanut Sauce
8 oz spaghetti-type noodles
1 small head of broccoli, cut into florets
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, sliced
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1/3 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
3 TBS dark brown sugar
2 TBS rice vinegar
2 TBS tamari or soy sauce
1 TBS sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water. Save 1/4 cup pasta water. Strain pasta when done to your likeness.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add broccoli, bell pepper and onion. Salt & pepper and saute for 10 minutes, until slightly cooked, but still firm. Add 2 TBS of hot pasta water to skillet, which will soften vegetables slightly. Cover and turn burner off.
In a lidded jar, combine peanut sauce ingredients. Shake jar until combined. If necessary, add a little of the remaining pasta water to thin out.
In a large serving bowl, combine pasta and vegetables. Pour peanut sauce over and mix well. Serve room temperature or chilled.