Sunday, March 1, 2009

Pasta with Thai Peanut Pesto

It is Monday again, which means you are probably already ready for Friday and not feeling very much like cooking. This is a quick meal that is so good, you will definitely want to make the full recipe of the sauce and freeze the leftovers.

1 c peanuts, roasted unsalted
1/2 c soy sauce
1 t chili sauce
1/4 c honey
1/3 c water
3 t garlic, minced
3 T sesame oil
16 oz pasta, whole wheat
54 g green onions, (one bunch) thinly sliced

# Cook pasta in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain.

# While pasta is cooking, place peanuts in food processor and process until finely ground. With motor running, add soy sauce, pepper sauce, honey, water, garlic and oil, one at a time through feeding tube.

# Process until smooth. Pour over cooked pasta or transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.

# Toss with pasta and green onions and serve at room temperature or slightly warm (from pasta cooking.)

First thing is to get some salted water boiling for the pasta, then we can gather the ingredients. You don't need much to make this, but all of these ingredients bring big flavors. Gather up, 1 c peanuts, roasted unsalted, 1/2 c soy sauce, 1 t chili sauce (my favorite is Sriracha sauce), 1/4 c honey, 1/3 c water, 3 t garlic, minced, 3 T sesame oil, and 16 oz pasta.

Measure everything out and get ready to whiz it all up.

Process the peanuts first until they are pretty smooth.

With the processor running, add the liquids one at a time.

Now that you have this amazingly tasty sauce ready, slice up some green onions and wait for your pasta to be done. Remember, a watched pot never boils!!

Once your pasta is done, toss it with the sauce and plate it up topped with the green onions.

The sauce on this is so easy but so good you will want to make a lot and then freeze it. I have 2 small ziplock bags in my freezer right now waiting for the day that I REALLY don't feel like cooking something. It would also be really great over some grilled fish or grilled tofu. I hope you all had a great Monday and thanks again for all the comments and emails. I especially like hearing that I got someone PICKY to eat something new, too bad I can't do the same with my hubby!


  1. That sounds incredible! I'd love this with some mango or peach slices on the side. And broccoli. I don't know why.
    I never would have thought of freezing the sauce! Thanks for that tip!!!

  2. This looks amazing and sounds like a fantastic new twist on my spicy peanut sauce. I'm gonna try it with soba noodles and swordfish...both of which I have on hand.

  3. I just recently found your blog and I am enjoying reading it. This recipe sounds delicious. I do have a question, though. It is 3 teaspoons minced garlic and not 3cloves, right? I only ask because it looks like it may be 3 cloves on the cutting board. I can't wait to try this recipe.

  4. You always come up with the best recipes.

    D x

  5. that sauce looks awesome... would be great over a chicken breast... yes breast not a chewy fatty thigh... ;-)