This is a great dish for a potluck, as sesame noodles are kid-friendly and taste great hot, cold, or in between. The chili oil gives the noodles a little spicy bite, but if your family doesn’t like spicy food, substitute toasted sesame oil instead. Scramble member Carolyn Day Flowers said, “This recipe is my secret weapon for preparing dinner in advance for my family when I travel out of town. My husband can heat it up in the microwave or they can eat it cold.”
16oz. whole wheat or regular linguine (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
1/4cuptoasted sesame seeds (store-bought or homemade)see Tip below for homemade directions
2Tbsp. hot chili sesame oil, or use additional sesame oil
3Tbsp. tahini (sesame paste) (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed),
1/3cupreduced-sodium soy sauce (or use any variety) (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
2Tbsp. rice vinegar or rice wine vinegar
1Tbsp. fresh gingerpeeled and minced, or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
Cook the linguine according to the package directions until it is al dente. For the final minute of cooking, add the peas to the boiling water with the noodles.
While the noodles are cooking, toast the sesame seeds, if necessary, and whisk together the remaining ingredients, including the sesame seeds, in a large serving bowl.
Drain the noodles and peas and toss them thoroughly with the sauce in the serving bowl. Serve the noodles warm, cold, or anywhere in between.
Do Ahead or Delegate: Cook the pasta and peas and store tossed with a little oil to prevent sticking, toast the sesame seeds if necessary, peel and mince the ginger, slice the scallions, make the sauce, or fully prepare and refrigerate the dish.Scramble Flavor Booster: Use the hot chili sesame oil and ginger. Serve it with Asian chili sauce, if desired.Tip: To toast sesame seeds, spread the seeds on a baking tray and toast on a light setting in a toaster oven for 3 - 5 minutes until they are light brown. If you don’t have a toaster oven, toast them in a conventional oven on a baking sheet at 325 degrees for about 5 minutes. Watch them carefully. They burn quickly!Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 420, Total Fat: 17g, 26%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 1%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 430mg, 18%; Total Carbohydrate: 46g, 19%; Dietary Fiber: 4g, 16%; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 12gLike this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!