Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Every weekend for just about the next two months, I have something going on that I’m actually getting a bit overwhelmed just looking at my calendar. Also, hoping I don’t forget to show up somewhere, eep! So, this past Friday evening, I was actually thrilled to not have a single thing to do and was so anxious to get out of work just so I could get home and do nothing at all. Besides make dinner and sip wine. And watch Dateline. 😉

Once I got home, I was starving and wanted to make something for dinner that didn’t require a trip to the grocery store, so I checked the pantry and saw a jar of peanut butter starring at me. I remembered buying noodles with peanut sauce for lunch at Trader Joe’s recently that were just so darn good that I immediately started to crave them again, so I decided to recreate them myself.

Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Adapted from Wisebread

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For the peanut sauce:

• 1/4 cup peanut butter
• 2 teaspoons soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon honey (not pictured)
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1/2 cup water
• red chili flakes, the more the merrier 🙂
• 1 clove minced garlic
• you could also add some fresh ginger in, too!

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Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour into a saucepan and heat until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat.

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And serve sauce hot or cold.

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Although you could very easily eat the sauce on it’s own, I highly recommend pairing it with a noodle of sorts. I decided to go with soba noodles and added a small handful of finely sliced green onions.

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Followed by a couple spoonfuls of the peanut sauce.

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And gently tossed everything together.

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Trader Joe’s sells their noodles with peanuts, so I decided to do the same since it adds the perfect amount of crunch and additional texture.

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As far as Friday night dinners go, this one was perfection. Simple, flavorful, and quick . Plus, having leftover sauce in the fridge for the upcoming week isn’t half bad, either!

What’s your ideal Friday night dinner when you’re staying in?

[Chels]

23 Responses to "Noodles with Peanut Sauce"

  1. Erica says:

    Yum! LOVE peanut noodles. Have you tried Rachael Ray’s hot and cold sesame noodles? Its my go to. Love. I love breakfast for dinner on Friday nights or something italian-ish. Hope you have a good Monday

  2. Blog is the New Black says:

    I’ve yet to make a peanut sauce but have been dying to! Looks great!

  3. That looks like a perfect dinner! I love any excuse to add peanut butter to a meal:-)

  4. An excellent simple dinner, the peanut sauce sounds very flavorful.

  5. LOVE peanut sauce over noodles!! YUM! One of my staple Friday night meals is orzo with lemon and whatever herb I have on hand. I’ll throw leftover chicken in there or some tuna or if I’m really lucky to have it on hand, some shrimp! Simple is definitely the key!

  6. Sharlene says:

    Simple and made from pantry ingredients while still tasting fresh is the way to go! I love peanut sauce. I’m excited to try this out!

  7. I’ve been wanting to make a version of noodles with peanut sauce, but was waiting for a recipe that doesn’t require funky ingredients! Thanks so much for this! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  8. lena says:

    i never had peanut butter in noodles before besides using them for my bakes. thanks for sharing this!

  9. Michelle says:

    I love those relaxing Friday nights in. I love making pizza on Friday nights because it makes for yummy leftovers throughout the weekend!

  10. Kelly says:

    It’s been forever since I made peanut noodles. I have no good reason since they really are fantastic. I love those kinds of Friday nights in and I’d have to say, lately I’m a fan of a simple no cook meal – a piece of really good cheese (lately I’ve been swooning over a goat’s milk cheese called little Bloom) w/ a chutney or jam and good, crusty bread.

  11. Monique says:

    I am a lazy girl and make a frittata or defrost leftovers. lol. the peanut dish looks like a great comfort. I have been craving curry for hte longest. maybe i will get some take out for lunch… or do i want noodles??
    decisions decisions.

  12. Love a good recipe for peanut sauce, makes the noodles seem a bit more exotic!

  13. This looks great! I usually make unhealthy dishes on Friday nights in, like pizza, nachos, or something simple like that. Sipping wine is usually on the agenda, too! 😉

  14. rita says:

    thank goodness for the sunflower butter for people like me who have allergies from peanuts and all tree nuts. i can make this type of recipes using the mentioned spread.

  15. Shannon JP says:

    Peanut sauce was one of my favorite things when I was a vegan and you’ve totally inspired me to pick up a lemon on the way home and make some noodles and a stir fry for dinner now!

  16. emily @ the happy home says:

    yummmm. the last time i made a peanut sauce, it came out really grainy. yours looks so smooth!

  17. Bee says:

    Where’s the sriracha sauce?? I made something very similar for some lettuce wraps (added ginger and two tbs of sriracha), then proceeded to pour it on everything for the next few days. Now that you remind me, I’ll have to make it soon, I’m in a spaghetti funk and tend to be overusing marinara, lol.

  18. Kelly says:

    My gosh I am seriously obsessed with peanut sauce lately and I can NEVER find any at the grocery store that I really love, only at restaurants- so maybe I need to try making it myself. This recipe looks doable even for me haha

  19. Barbara says:

    This recipe is great–it’s just like mine except I add some toasted sesame oil and always use ginger like the recipe suggests! Personally I think ground cayenne instead of red pepper flakes is a wise idea as it spreads the heat a little better.

  20. Kelsey says:

    Peanut butter is a great love of mine. I always get spicy peanut sauces and things like that.

  21. Quisha says:

    Mmmm peanut noodles 🙂 Yum!

  22. Janel says:

    I was planning on baked tofu and roasted broccoli tonight. After reading this, now I know I’m giong to do a broccoli tofu noodle dish in peanut sauce. Thanks for the upgrade!

  23. Athena says:

    Just tried this out – fan-TASTIC! I love making my own dishes and avoiding the high cost and crazy fat of takeout. THANK YOU!

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