Elaborate dinners are great when I have an hour to go shopping and another to cook. When I have less time, though, I like to put together freshly-made meals with ingredients I already have. A great example of this is noodles and spicy peanut sauce!
- pasta of your choice (buckwheat works well, but I didn’t have any)
- peanut butter (I like to use the chunky kind for texture)
- soy sauce
- white wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- ground pepper
- Sriracha sauce
- sesame seeds
No, there aren’t any amounts. This is because you should taste the sauce as you’re making it.
Start by boiling water for the pasta.
Make the sauce: put peanut butter in medium bowl (1 1/2 to 2 T is a good place to start for 1/3 pound pasta). Add splash of vinegar, then start adding soy sauce until peanut butter begins to smooth. Add garlic, pepper, Sriracha, and sesame seeds to taste, mix, then add a splash of water to blend. I like to continue adding a little water instead of soy sauce toward the end so it’s not too salty.
Cook pasta, drain, place back in pot. While still warm, cover pasta in sauce, stir until blended well. Serve immediately or chill briefly, your choice.
*Please note: save any extra sauce in a separate container in the fridge and make fresh pasta for next time. The sauce can be used again, but it will be oily if you reheat it. Plus I like the satisfaction of cooking something for dinner, even if it’s only pasta.