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Asian-Style Pasta

Look for firm eggplants that are not too large; they will be sweeter and have fewer seeds. For a spicier sauce, add up to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 40 mins
  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 eggplants, 1 pound each, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 8 ounces snow peas, strings removed, halved diagonally
  • 2 red bell peppers, ribs and seeds removed, cut into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 8 ounces pappardelle (broad noodles with curly edges)

Cook's Note

As an alternative to the pappardelle, you can break eight ounces of lasagna into large pieces.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, peanut butter, honey, garlic, and ginger; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Place eggplants in a steaming basket set over a pan of simmering water; cover, and cook until almost tender, turning eggplant occasionally, about 15 minutes (add more water as needed). Add snow peas and bell peppers; cook until crisp-tender and eggplant is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove basket from pan.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package instructions. Drain; add pasta and steamed vegetables to bowl with reserved soy-sauce mixture. Toss to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Source
Everyday Food, January/February 2004

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Reviews (3)

  • LovetheUK 17 Sep, 2012

    Awesome substitution of chicken for eggplant and broccoli for snow peas. Wonderful taste. Works great with little bow ties. Don't forget the pepper - makes it really sing.

  • LovetheUK 17 Sep, 2012

    Awesome substitution of chicken for eggplant and broccoli for snow peas. Wonderful taste. Works great with little bow ties. Don't forget the pepper - makes it really sing.

  • rickrack 27 Oct, 2008

    Great variations: Substitute chicken breast for eggplant. Broccoli tastes really good included, as well, instead of snow peas.