Spicy Soba Peanut Noodles

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ABOUT THE RECIPE:

With a little bit of spice, a little bit of sweet and a pleasing texture, this enticing peanut sauce pairs well with many dishes, but it is delicious tossed with cooked soba noodles or zoodles for a quick Peanut Noodle dish. (Try the sauce drizzled over steamed vegges too!)

MAKES 2 to 4 SERVINGS

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INGREDIENTS:

4 to 6 ounces soba noodles, zoodles, whole-grain spaghetti, or fettuccine
3 tablespoons water, plus more as needed
2 heaping tablespoons smooth peanut butter, plus more as needed
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄2 cucumber, peeled and julienned
12 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (optional)
2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the soba. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but firm.

Meanwhile, put the water, peanut butter, garlic, salt, chili powder, and cayenne in a bowl large enough to also accommodate the soba. Whisk briskly until smooth. Add more water for a thinner sauce, or alternately, add more peanut butter, if a thicker sauce is desired. Whisk again, until smooth.

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Drain the soba well and pour it over the peanut butter mixture. Toss gently until thoroughly combined. To serve, spoon into deep bowls. Top each serving with some of the cucumber, optional tomatoes, and scallions. Serve warm, at room temperature, or thoroughly chilled.

You can cook the noodles up to 1 day in advance.

Ingredients

Directions

1

ABOUT THE RECIPE:

With a little bit of spice, a little bit of sweet and a pleasing texture, this enticing peanut sauce pairs well with many dishes, but it is delicious tossed with cooked soba noodles or zoodles for a quick Peanut Noodle dish. (Try the sauce drizzled over steamed vegges too!)

MAKES 2 to 4 SERVINGS

2

INGREDIENTS:

4 to 6 ounces soba noodles, zoodles, whole-grain spaghetti, or fettuccine
3 tablespoons water, plus more as needed
2 heaping tablespoons smooth peanut butter, plus more as needed
1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄2 cucumber, peeled and julienned
12 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (optional)
2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced

3

INSTRUCTIONS:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in the soba. Decrease the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but firm.

Meanwhile, put the water, peanut butter, garlic, salt, chili powder, and cayenne in a bowl large enough to also accommodate the soba. Whisk briskly until smooth. Add more water for a thinner sauce, or alternately, add more peanut butter, if a thicker sauce is desired. Whisk again, until smooth.

4

Drain the soba well and pour it over the peanut butter mixture. Toss gently until thoroughly combined. To serve, spoon into deep bowls. Top each serving with some of the cucumber, optional tomatoes, and scallions. Serve warm, at room temperature, or thoroughly chilled.

You can cook the noodles up to 1 day in advance.

Spicy Soba Peanut Noodles
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