Friday, April 17, 2009

7 Minute Peanut-Lime Noodles

I made this recipe for lunch today. It was so quick to cook that the longest part was bringing the water to boil and cooking the noodles. Depending on the type of noodles you are using you could probably cook the whole meal in less than 7 minutes.
Another fantastic thing about this recipe is that it is pretty much "no measure." As long as you get the ingredients in roughly the right quantities it will work well. If you want the sauce slightly thicker don't add as much water, if you want it thinner do the exact opposite. Realistically it's pretty hard to go wrong on this one!

7 Minute Peanut-Lime Noodles
2 teaspoon peanut oil, divided
1 clove garlic
1 chili pepper
1 cm (about a 1/4 inch) piece of fresh ginger
2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
2 teaspoons soy sauce
Juice of 1 lime
250 ml (1 cup) water
250 grams (8 oz) noodles (soba, udon, whole wheat linguine, etc)
chopped vegetables (peppers, mange tout, bok choy, broccoli, mushrooms etc.)
pinch of sesame seeds
1 spring onion chopped

In a large pot, boil enough water to cook the noodles. Cook the noodles for the time listed on the package. Drain the noodles and run cold water over them.
While the noodles are cooking, dice the garlic, pepper and ginger. In a small pot saute the garlic, pepper and ginger in 1 teaspoon of peanut oil for 2 minutes. Add the peanut butter, soy sauce, lime juice and water and stir until everything has blended. Bring sauce to a boil and then turn off heat.

Chop the vegetables into bite sized pieces. Using the same pot the noodles cooked in, heat a bit of peanut oil and saute the vegetables for 2-3 minutes. Pour the peanut sauce and noodles into the vegetables and heat through.

Serve with sesame seeds and spring onions

Serves: 2
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes
Prep time: 2 minutes

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