I would say it’s common knowledge, but I will state it here for the record: Pasta is THE single greatest food in the known universe. It doesn’t matter the shape of the noodle, this is just one of those truths that we hold to be self evident. Please forgive the cliche to follow (the whole cooking with mom/small child/deep and enduring love of food thing). But, it’s true; I grew up on pasta. I remember sitting on the kitchen counter next to my mother, munching lasagna noodles freshly drained and steaming; my poor mother trying (most likely in vain) to assemble the lasagna faster then I could eat all the noodles.
Give me baked ziti, my childhood lasagna, tagliatelle covered with ragù, or even topped with nothing more then a little butter and parmesan. I’ll take it homemade. I’ll take it from a package. I’m telling you I love it all! I’ve always loved noodles in all forms and incarnations.
Actually, this isn’t strictly true. For many years Asian style noodle troubled me. No butter! No cheese! I just didn’t know what to make of these strangely adorned noodles. I tried low-mien, soba noodles, yaki, udon. But nothing struck me, until I found… peanut sauce.
I fell in love.
Perhaps my tastebuds nearly matured or perhaps peanut noodles were my gateway drug; but the world of Asian noodles opened to me. I’m now a proud lover of low-mein, soba, yaki, and udon noodles in all forms and manner of sauces. However, peanut noodles still hold a special place in my heart.
I tell you these things only so that you may know deep in your heart, I know my pasta, and you can believe me when I tell you need to immediately cook this fantastic recipe for dinner.
Also, in case my poetics about pasta didn’t convince you I’ll also point out: peanut noodles are incredibly quick to make (just shy of 20 minutes), can be made start to finish in one pot, and happen to be a great way to use up leftovers. Plus its knock your purple socks off tasty! Noodles covered in garlic, ginger, lime, and peanut. A little bit of sweet. A little bit of spice. Mmm. The perfect weeknight meal if I do say so myself.
So what are you waiting for? Go get your water boiling!Print