Spicy Peanut Noodles

Spicy Peanut Noodles from What's Gaby Cooking Once upon a time, I told myself I was going to cut out carbs for a few days. Then I decided I wanted to make pasta for dinner. Clearly that no carb thing wasn’t going to work. Then I decided to have the said pasta for leftover lunch the next day. And THEN I got even crazier and made noodles again the next night for dinner. And I lived happily ever after. The end.

Spicy Peanut Noodles That’s basically the story of my life.

I’m a noodle kinda gal through and through.

So much so that my Omi (that’s grandma in German) once told me that I was going to turn into a big giant noodle if I didn’t start eating something else besides pasta! Growing up that was basically all I ate. Pasta and Grilled Cheese. I’ve always loved my carbs. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I’d order pasta at every restaurant no matter what the occasion or speciality. It could have been the best restaurant in town, and I’d ordered noodles with garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese 10 times outta 10. It’s the way I roll. Even to this day, there is something crazy comforting about sitting back with a bowl of garlic noodles and just enjoying a simple meal.

But we all know how to make those, so let’s make something that’s a bit more festive and nutrient packed today, shall we?¬†Spicy Peanut Noodles have been on my mind lately. It’s basically the only way I can consume peanut butter (I know this is totally not normal – I just don’t like peanut butter really!). These¬†Spicy Peanut Noodles are loaded with lots of awesome things like zucchini, yellow squash, shredded carrots, red bell peppers, crushed peanuts, mint and cilantro. It’s a flavor explosion in your mouth. Especially because of the mint and the cilantro. They really make it shine.

And zucchini noodles are kinda having their “moment” right now so I thought it would be fun to do a combo, zucchini noodle and regular noodle dish for ya’ll. I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it. And the peanut noodle sauce – I literally slurped mine out of the bowl last night. It’s just that good.

Spicy Peanut Noodles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

    For the pasta
  • 10 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 zucchini, julienned
  • 1 yellow squash, julienned
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 persian cucumber, sliced
  • handful of fresh mint and cilantro
  • crushed peanuts for garnish
  • For the Sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes depending on how spicy you want it
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Fill a large pot with water, add 2 generous pinches of salt, and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
  2. Combine the lime juice, red pepper flakes, garlic, honey, peanut butter, how water and soy sauce in a small bowl and whisk together.
  3. Drain the pasta in a colander and add the zucchini noodles and yellow squash noodles on top of the pasta so the remnant heat from the pasta slightly cooked the vegetables. After about 5 minutes, toss the pasta and veggies with the peanut sauce. Add in the carrot, red bell pepper and cucumber. Garnish with the cilantro, mint and peanuts and serve.

Notes

This can be served either at cold, at room temperature or warm.

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14 thoughts on “Spicy Peanut Noodles

  1. Likewise, Gaby! I couldn’t give up these types of meals… just not worth it. Any time I go to a restaurant for the first time, I order Fettucine Alfredo, and then, I kinda judge how much I like the restaurant by how good their Alfredo is. It’s just one of my absolute faves. And btw, my Oma never told me what your Omi told you, but I’ll be she would have if she had seen how much they’re a staple in my diet, too. ;-)

  2. I’ve been making peanut noodles all summer long and never get tired of them. One thing I haven’t tried with mine are zucchini and summer squash – that’s next on my list. Thanks for the idea!

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