I am not usually a huge pasta eater, but there are few dishes I will make the exception for… first being Mac N Cheese, second being Ravioli, and third being Asian Peanut Noodles.
I find Peanut Noodles to be the most addictive thing to eat – the combination of ingredients really hits on so many umami-like flavors, that I find it hard to contain myself around a plate of Peanut Noodles.
This is a super fast and easy recipe – if you wish to make it vegetarian, just leave out the pork!
Chinese Peanut Noodles with Pork
Chinese Peanut Noodles with Ground Pork - the perfect Chinese "take-out" made at home
Total Time: Serving Size:
- 7 oz Spaghetti
- 3 T Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
- 2 T Soy Sauce (divided)
- 1 1/2 T Sesame Oil (divided)
- 2 Carrots (grated)
- 3 Scallions (sliced thin)
- 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
- 1 Teaspoon Ginger Powder
- 8 oz Ground Pork
- 2 T Cilantro (minced)
- Sesame Seeds (optional)
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add in your spaghetti, and cook as per the manufacturer's instructions. While the spaghetti is cooking, in a small bowl combine your peanut butter, water, rice wine vinegar, 1T of the soy sauce and 1T of the Sesame Oil - Whisk together. When your spaghetti is done cooking, drain (reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid). Place the drained spaghetti back in the pot you cooked it in and add in your peanut sauce - toss to coat. Cover the pot.
- Next, In a medium saute pan, heat up your remaining Sesame Oil. Add in your carrot and cook about 3 minutes. Then add in the scallions (reserving some for a garnish), garlic and ginger powder, cook another minute over a medium heat. Add in the ground pork and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through. Add in your soy sauce and stir to combine.
- Pour all the contents of your saute pan into the pot with the spaghetti and add in your cilantro. Toss together. *Use some of your reserved cooking liquid from the pasta to loosen it up, if needed* Serve topped with the reserved scallions and sesame seeds.