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Szechuan Spicy Noodles with Carrot-Cucumber Relish

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup noodle mixture and 6 tablespoons relish)
This Chinese-style pork ragout is tossed with noodles and topped with a sweet-sour relish that balances the heat.

Ingredients

  • Relish:
  • 1 cup shredded seeded peeled cucumber
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • Noodles:
  • 8 ounces udon noodles (thick, round fresh Japanese wheat noodles)
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup natural-style peanut butter (such as Smucker's)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 6 ounces ground pork
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

Nutrition Information

  • calories 246
  • caloriesfromfat 37 %
  • fat 10.1 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 2.7 g
  • protein 16.5 g
  • carbohydrate 23.2 g
  • fiber 2.4 g
  • cholesterol 23 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 624 mg
  • calcium 38 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare relish, place cucumber in a colander; sprinkle with salt. Toss well. Drain 1 hour. Place cucumber on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 5 minutes, pressing down occasionally. Combine cucumber, carrot, vinegar, sugar, and oil in a medium bowl; stir until well blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.

  2. To prepare noodles, cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside.

  3. Combine broth, peanut butter, soy sauce, and chile paste in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add onions, ginger, and pork to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until pork loses its pink color. Add garlic to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Pour broth mixture into pan; bring to a simmer, and cook 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Pour pork mixture over noodles; toss well. Serve with relish.