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Sesame peanut noodles offer Asian flavor without the takeout. The quick, simple dish pairs well with any protein and mixes up your side dish game. Peanut butter, soy sauce and sesame oil give the dish a sweet, salty, savory flavor that pleases any palate.

I have a confession to make. 

In today’s anti-carb, glute -free, keto climate, I am an unashamed noodle lover. I have been since I was a kid. Despite its reputation for causing spare tires rivaling the Michelin Man, you can pry my pasta out of my cold, dead hands.

It goes without saying that Italian is one of my go-to cuisines, but there’s more to the noodle than just red sauce. This month I’m adding a super easy Thai-style peanut noodle to my reputation.

This super fast, super easy dish will have a restaurant-quality Asian staple on your table faster than you can call for takeout. Thai flavors focus on a balance of sweet, salty and sour so the sesame oil, peanut butter and rice vinegar in the sauce give excellent flavor with minimal effort. The noodles can be served hot or cold and the recipe is perfect as a side dish or can be dressed up with a few additional ingredients to make it a main.

While the noodles boil, just whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and seasonings until well blended. Drain the noodles, pour over the sauce and toss. Couldn’t be easier. They make a good side to other Asian dishes — I served mine with Asian pork meatballs, or you can add protein and additional veggies to make a meal. 

I doubled the recipe so I could use an entire box of lo mein — my noodle of choice, so the recipe is easily scaled.

My husband, after said recipe doubling, reminded me he doesn’t like peanut sauce. Deep within the recesses of my memory I’m sure I knew this, but I tend to disregard unpleasant information. He and our older daughter, who clearly got all his genes, don’t care for peanut butter or sweet-salty combinations.

They are wrong.

My younger daughter/mini me and I correctly believe that peanut butter is a gift handed down to us directly from heaven, and sweet and salty go together like peas and carrots.

The two outliers did eat a small serving of the noodles and declared them acceptable despite their usual aversions, but that worked out because it left more for those of us in the household with good taste. Oh, I kid. They can’t help it if they don’t like good things.

Anyway, if you have a hankering for some Asian flavor without the desire to leave the house, or you just want to get out of your usual pasta rut, give these a try.

If you customize them, drop me a line and let me know what you added.

 Kim Shute can be reached at (815) 879-5200 or ntprinceton@newstrib.com. Follow her on Twitter at NT_Princeton2

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