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Orange sesame peanut noodles are my new favorite quick meal.
It’s seriously as easy as boiling some noodles and whisking a no-cook sauce. In the ten minutes it takes to boil the noodles, your sauce is done. And it’s flavorful and delicious. Who doesn’t love dinner like that?
Oh, and you can customize this depending on what you’re going for. Want more nutrition? Add some veggies like cabbage, peppers, carrots, or mushrooms. Need more protein? Add shrimp or chicken. Gluten-free? Rice noodles for the win.
I’m also a big fan of meals that don’t require a lot of prep or cleanup. Since it feels like I’m doing dishes all day every day, I like being able to throw two or three things in the dishwasher and be done.
So let’s talk about the sauce for this. It starts with toasted sesame oil. And yes, it has to be toasted. You’ll know the difference because toasted sesame oil is brown and has a rich, nutty smell that comes through in the peanut sauce here. I mean, sure, you can use plain old sesame oil if that’s all you have, but don’t expect any magic.
From there, you’ll add garlic, ginger, chili paste, soy sauce, orange and lime juice, and lots of orange zest. The result is a sauce that is sweet, salty, pungent, and floral. This recipe makes more sauce than you might like, but that’s because I like my noodles, well, saucy. Some chopped peanuts, fresh cilantro, scallions, and a pinch of Hot Roasted Garlic make this perfect for me.
I typically use linguine for this, but you can use whatever you like — rice noodles, fettuccini, or even spaghetti. If you want cold noodles, rinse the noodles and chill before mixing them with the sauce. Seriously, you can make this however you want, and dinner is on the table in a flash.
Orange and Sesame Peanut Noodles
For dinner faster than takeout, these orange sesame peanut noodles are perfect — flavorful and versatile, they are perfect for busy nights or lazy days.