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Sesame Noodles


A Chinese buffet is a fun way to entertain. Serve these noodles, seasoned with toasted sesame oil, as part of your meal.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, April 2005


  • Coarse salt
  • 1 pound thin spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, preferably natural
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, make peanut sauce: In a blender or food processor, blend peanut butter, garlic, pepper flakes, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil until smooth.

  3. Cut cucumber crosswise into thirds; cut each piece lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Stack slices; cut lengthwise into very thin strips. Transfer pasta to a large bowl; toss with sauce, cucumber, and carrots. Serve at room temperature.

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  • Sofiagemstar
    24 FEB, 2015
  • ksundber
    16 DEC, 2013
    I doctored this recipe up a lot and made it edible, but I won't bother sharing how; instead, I'll just say to make Cooks Illustrated's Sesame Noodles recipe. It's really good, and this one was way too salty and one note.
  • Danadz
    16 OCT, 2012
    Our daughter is allergic to peanuts so we used Sunbutter (sunflower seeds) in place of it & it tasted amazing! Not sure what happened with the other meals but this was yummy & got 4 thumbs up (2 of which are a 10 & 9 yr olds). Thanks for an easy, quick & yummy meal.
  • angelal182
    3 OCT, 2012
    Made this last night, exactly to recipe, even used natural peanut butter.... woah!! overload of vinegar, apparently whoever came up with this recipe never tasted it!... Please, don't go by what they say! I recommend cutting the vinegar by alot... maybe only do a tablespoon or two, definately not 1/3 of a cup! I also added some sesame seeds for crunch and flavor. After I adjusted, it tasted pretty good. Give it a try.
  • NobodyFamous
    21 NOV, 2011
    This was horrible. Don't bother wasting groceries on this, it's going straight into the compost.