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Sesame Noodles with Snow Peas

October 27, 2009

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Using Asian flavors in this simple noodle dish is a great alternative to the traditional tomato sauce. Not only is it quick to make, but it is also delicious and budget friendly. You can add in any vegetables or protein you have on hand. Grilled chicken and shrimp would work great in this dish. The sesame oil brings out a rich aroma from the noodles and really enhances the flavors of the dish. Using whole-wheat pasta also boosts fiber and nutrients. This quick and satisfying meal will have you cooking in more often!

Sesame Noodles with Snow Peas

Serves 2


  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar, or lime juice
  • 1  teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 cups snow peas, trimmed and sliced on the bias
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, chicken broth, sugar, crushed red pepper, 1/4 cup scallions and 2 tablespoons cilantro. Add noodles, snow peas and bell pepper; toss to coat.
  3. To serve, mix in sesame seeds and garnish with the remaining scallions and cilantro.


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