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Spicy Peanut Noodles with Pork & Shredded Vegetables

Tessa Arias  One of the items in our swag bags at Blogher Food '11 was a copy of Fine Cooking magazine. As I was flipping through the pages on the boring plane...

 One of the items in our swag bags at Blogher Food ’11 was a copy of Fine Cooking magazine. As I was flipping through the pages on the boring plane ride home I stumbled across this recipe for peanut noodles with pork and veggies. I was sold. I happen to love the addition of peanut butter in Asian-inspired noodle dishes. To me, it’s an easy way to throw in some extra vegetables without anyone noticing because the flavors are so bold.

Recipe Rundown
Taste: Spicy, nutty, tangy, and fresh.    
Texture: The sauce is creamy and meaty.
Ease: Super duper easy. 
Appearance: How could you not want to grab a fork and take a bite?
Pros: Fresh, healthy, leftovers are perfect for lunch.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes! Next time I might try Thai Basil instead of the mint.

Spicy Peanut Noodles with Pork & Shredded Vegetables
Serves 4
From Fine Cooking

  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 pound dried 1/4-inch-wide rice noodles (pad thai noodles)
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 pound lean ground pork
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter, preferably natural
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 or 2 jalapeños, stemmed and finely chopped (seeded, if desired)
  • 2 medium carrots (about 6 oz.), grated
  • 2 large yellow squash or zucchini (about 1 lb.), grated
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
  • Lime wedges, for serving

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook, stirring often, until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water; leave to drain in a colander.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tsp. of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and ½ tsp. salt and cook, stirring to break up the meat, until just cooked through, 4 to 8 minutes; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the peanut butter, vinegar, fish sauce, the remaining 1 tsp. oil, and 3 Tbs. warm water until smooth. Add the drained noodles, pork, jalapeños, carrots, squash, and all but 2 Tbs. of the mint and toss gently. Garnish with the remaining mint, and serve at room temperature with the lime wedges on the side. 

About Tessa...

Tessa is a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. She loves to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. She's on a mission to make the world a more unapologetically DELICIOUS place. Tessa lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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4 Responses to “Spicy Peanut Noodles with Pork & Shredded Vegetables”

  1. #
    Maris — June 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Fantatsic job! This looks so good!

  2. #
    Jen Schall — June 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Yum! These noodles sound amazing!

  3. #
    DessertForTwo — June 10, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I saw this recipe in Fine Cooking and have been meaning to make it too. Looks so easy & delicious. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  4. # — June 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Beautiful! We'd love for you to share this over at!

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