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Peanut Noodles - a great main dish for your local veggie sides

Peanut noodles

This recipe only has one local ingredient in it (the chives), and that one is optional. But it's such a great "main dish" to serve with whatever local vegetables you have on hand.  The other night when dinner guests kept multiplying it was a quick way to expand the menu, and I've used it for that purpose many times before. I usually have the ingredients on hand, and it only takes the time required to boil a pound of pasta. This may be our most requested recipe. It's good. Hot or cold.

Peanut Noodles
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons sugar or honey
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons chili oil (if you don't have this, you can throw a few red pepper flakes in)
2 cloves minced garlic
2 teaspoons sesame oil (this is essential; and a tiny bottle will last a LONG time)
Some minced chives to sprinkle on top

16 oz. pasta

Whisk together or spin in a blender all of the ingredients while the pasta boils. Pour over the pasta. Sprinkle with chives (optional, but it really makes it look pretty). Voila!


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I'm so happy you posted this recipe!! This was a great dish when we had it and I am in need of quick dishes at this point in my life (sadly). Now to just find some sesame oil...


We find the sesame oil (and chili oil) in the Asian section of big grocery stores and at "health food" stores. I remember eating this with you guys, Jill! What a fun week that was!

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