I’ve made Asian inspired noodles before. I was so proud of myself for finding a satisfying Asian-inspired meal that I didn’t have to order from a take-out menu. The pad thai-esque dish was delicious and really only required ingredients that I already had in my pantry.
With this ease of execution in mind, I went round two with Asian inspired noodles last Tuesday when I got home from class. I’m usually starving when I get home after a 13 hour day and don’t have the energy to make something that takes longer than 15 minutes, so this was perfect. The only thing I had to cook was the pasta, and while that was boiling, I whisked together the sauce, then tossed it all together and was happy and full within half an hour. Perfect Tuesday night.
Asian Sesame Noodles (Adapted from The Pioneer Woman)
1 Box Angel Hair Pasta
¼ cups Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Sugar
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
2 Tablespoons Seasoned Rice Vinegar
3 Tablespoons Pure Sesame Oil
½ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
2-3 Tablespoons Canola Oil (this doesn’t add flavor, just volume, so if you think you need more liquid, add more Canola oil. You can also add hot water. See next ingredient)
2 Tablespoons Hot Water (From the pasta water)
By the way, can we talk about Sesame Oil for a second? What a revelation! It’s nutty and rich and smells like peanut butter but with class. I was blown away by the flavor it imparted. Now that I have some, I will look for any and all recipes that include it.
Like I said before, this was the epitome of Quick and Easy yet delicious cooking. The sauce is simply whisked together, and because Angel Hair pasta really only needs about 5 minutes to cook, this entire meal can be prepped, cooked, and served in less than 15 minutes. Sometimes, I want something that’s involved and has many steps. Tuesday nights are not those times. This was the perfect Tuesday night meal.