Noodles with Peanut Sauce# 9 Nov 2018
Peanut sauce is delicious. Peanut butter is delicious. One day, while I was a poor, single bachelor, living in a flat on my own, I had the revelation that peanut butter that is just made from peanuts - you know, the kind that separates - is basically 90% of the way to a peanut sauce.
So I took a scoop of peanut butter and put it on my spaghetti.
It didn’t work very well and it looked awful, but it was actually really tasty. The version I present to you here is slightly more work, but at least it won’t turn your noodles deliciously grey and lumpy.
Time: Ten to fifteen minutes
Stuff You’ll Need
- Your noodles of choice! Whatever you’re used to is best.
- Real peanut butter, the kind that’s a little speckly, not the smooth yellow-brown kind with all the stabilisers and sugar and stuff. I like Smuckers Natural.
- Oil, preferably something like olive oil or avocado oil or peanut oil and not canola oil, but canola oil will do in a pinch.
- Ground black pepper and salt
- If you want it to have a bit of a kick, chili powder or whatever hot pepper powder you like to use.
- A pasta pot and strainer.
- A small bowl
- A regular spoon, the kind you eat with.
- Start the noodles cooking the way you usually do.
- Scoop some peanut butter into the small bowl, however much looks good. A spoonful per 1/4lb dry pasta is a good minimum, in my opinion.
- Pour some oil over the peanut butter and mix it together. Use about half as much oil as peanut butter or so; it’s flexible. The oil thins the peanut butter into the right consistency for a sauce, so it’s really just how thickly coated you want your noodles to be.
- Add your pepper, salt, and optional hot powders.
- Stir, then give it a tiny little taste. It should be strong. It doesn’t coat the noodles very thickly and noodles have a strong flavor dampening effect, so if the salts and spices aren’t screaming at you from that tiny taste, it is probably too mildly seasoned.
- Drain your noodles as usual, put back in the pot, and pour the peanut sauce over them, tossing a few times.
- Serve and enjoy!
BUT BEFORE YOU GO. A note about step five!! If you love udon noodles and you buy those soft precooked udon noodles, check if they are pre-salted. I had a package which was pre-salted. I have never had pre-salted noodles before. I used the normal amount of soy sauce in my noodle stiry fry and it was almost inedible, I was heartbroken.
Learn from my mistakes. Check if your soft noodles are pre-salted.