Bachelorette Night: Asian Noodles with Peanut Sauce

I found myself eating alone this week again.

But, this time I chided myself enough to not resort to drive-thru, horrendous, unhealthy, fast food.

I vowed to challenge myself to make meals for one (or one with some leftovers).

So far, I have made some great baked sweet potatoes that I made into a meal (butter sauce to be posted later).

And, for some reason, I always crave Asian food when The Hubs is gone.    No driving through Panda for me this week.  I would make my own.

I love all sorts of Asian noodles—rice noodles, soba noodles, and somen noodles.   I had a few packs of the latter in the pantry, found some peanut butter, and improvised the rest (with a lot of help from Epicurious’ Peanut Sesame Noodle recipe.)

I also found some beautiful peppers in the garden.


Noodles with Peppers and Peanut Sauce

2 T. olive oil
1 small red onion, peeled and sliced
Assorted sweet peppers, sliced
2 bundles somen noodles
1/2 c.  smooth natural peanut butter
1/4 c. low-sodium  soy sauce
1/3 c.  warm water
2 T.  chopped peeled fresh ginger
2  medium garlic clove, smashed
2 T.  red-wine vinegar
1 1/2 T. sesame oil
2 t. honey
1 t.  dried hot red pepper flakes

Place olive oil in a small skillet and heat on high heat.   Add onions and sauté about 3 minutes.    Add peppers and sauté another 3-5 minutes or until soft.

Place water in a large sauce pan for cooking noodles.   When water boils, add somen noodles and cook for three minutes.    Drain and rinse.

Place the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until incorporated.   Set aside.

In a large serving boil, toss noodles, peppers and onions, and peanut sauce.   Toss and serve.

I can’t wait to eat the leftovers cold.

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