I omitted the garlic, forgot the bean sprouts, and substituted Asian noodles for the linguine. It turned out pretty well and made a huge quantity. We served it with a side of fresh melon.
Linguine with Snow Peas, Cucumber, and Peanut Sauce
Kids will be especially fond of this Asian-inspired noodle dish--after all, the sauce is made with peanut butter--but the combination of cooked and raw vegetables is refreshing and satisfying enough to please all ages. Serve the pasta immediately after tossing it with the peanut mixture; the sauce gets thick if it sits too long.
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 2/3 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 pound linguine
- 1/2 pound snow peas, cut diagonally into thin slices
- 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts (about 1/4 pound)
- 2 scallions including green tops, chopped
- 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and sliced thin
- 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
- 1. In a blender or food processor, combine the garlic, soy sauce, peanut butter, chicken broth, lime juice, red-pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Puree until smooth.
- 2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the linguine until almost done, about 9 minutes. Stir in the snow peas and bean sprouts and cook until the vegetables and pasta are just done, about 3 minutes more. Drain and toss with the peanut sauce, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, the scallions, cucumber, and 1/3 cup of the peanuts. Serve with the remaining peanuts sprinkled over the top.
- Wine Recommendation: Choose a simple kabinett riesling from the Rheinhessen. These rieslings' piquant juxtaposition of fruity acids and balancing sweetness is the perfect foil for the salty and spicy flavors of Asian cuisine.
- Notes: Though they're certainly edible, the seeds from a mature cucumber can be somewhat watery. You can simply scoop them out of a halved cucumber with a spoon and discard them--or buy an English (hothouse) cucumber, which is almost completely seedless.
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