Sweet & Spicy Sesame Noodles w/ Broccoli
I have finally found the perfect sesame noodle recipe.
I was never a fan, they are always too greasy or too dry......this recipe has just enough sauce to coat and packs a big flavor.
I added some shrimp for protein (the original recipe calls for chicken) and a little extra hot pepper for more spice.
This is delicious and so easy.....the kids will love it too.
Sweet & Spicy Sesame Noodles w/ Broccoli (adapted from Cooking Light)
8 oz. package uncooked soba noodles (you can use thin spaghetti or linguine)
1 cup fresh broccoli florets
frozen shrimp defrosted (I used about 12 small shrimp, and cut them in half)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
3 green onions, chopped for garnish
Steam the broccoli florets (you can do this in the microwave too) for 3 minutes, until al dente and bright green. Drain the water and add broccoli to a large bowl.
Cook the pasta/soba noodles in salted boiling water, and the last 3 minutes of cooking time, throw in the cut up shrimp (this will save you from cleaning up another pot!).
While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce. In a large Pyrex glass measuring cup, mix the vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, peanut butter, brown sugar and garlic with a fork.
Pour the drained pasta with the cooked shrimp into the bowl w/ the steamed broccoli. Pour over the sauce and mix well to coat the noodles.
Plate in a large bowl and sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped scallions (green onions) on top, and an extra shake of red pepper flakes.
Serve warm or at room temperature.