Whole-wheat spaghetti complements the zesty sauce while adding fiber. A little less peanut butter plus a lot more vegetables make this a no-guilt meal.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti 3 minutes less than al dente. Add broccoli, bell peppers, and onion. Cook until pasta is al dente and vegetables are tender, 3 minutes more. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta and vegetables.

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  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together peanut butter, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, oil, garlic, and red-pepper flakes. Add hot pasta and vegetables; toss to coat, thinning sauce with a little pasta water, if necessary. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Cook's Notes

You're likely to have most of the ingredients for the easy no-cook sauce (including heart-friendly peanut butter) in your pantry.

Reviews (25)

176 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 59
  • 3 star values: 48
  • 2 star values: 18
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2018
I've been making this for years and it's great. The sauce is so easy. I do cut back on the garlic a bit (personal preference) and if I have it I'll throw in a bit of grated fresh ginger. You can add all kinds of fresh veggies to this--we love cucumber, grated carrot, and some fresh cilantro, and it's great with extra firm tofu or shredded cooked chicken thrown in. Awesome solid, simple recipe.
Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2015
Tasty dish! Quick and easy to make! Made half of the recipe (2 servings) and there were still some leftovers. Split the vegetables, pasta and reserved pasta liquid amount but made the full amount of peanut sauce. Will definitely make again!
Rating: Unrated
09/11/2014
This recipe is awesome! It's tasty as-is, or you can just make the sauce and throw it on pretty much anything you want to be delicious. I use it to dress up leftovers a lot.
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Rating: Unrated
01/04/2014
A great recipe! I did stir fry the veggies and garlic to keep them crisp tender. Served it with the squash potstickers (also from this site!) and edamame. A great vegetarian meal!!
Rating: Unrated
10/18/2013
My 15 year old daughter has decided that she would like to try being a vegetarian. I am really trying to be supportive but finding meatless meals that taste good isn't easy....until now! She loved this and I know its because of the peanut butter sauce. Thanks for this life saver of a recipe Martha! :)
Rating: Unrated
07/14/2013
Everybody loved this!!! Crowd pleaser!
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Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2012
Wow, great recipe! My normal peanut noodle recipe has more ingredients, which I didn't have today. I looked for a simpler recipe I could make without going to the store. This came out great! I used soba noodles as that's what I had on hand, and I didn't have as many veggies as it called for. In fact all I had was shredded carrot, and while I definitely would have liked some more veggies it was still good without them. If I have it I'd also add some ginger and green onions to the dressing.
Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2011
I love these noodles. They are as delicious straight from the pot as they are from the fridge the next day. It is a great recipe if you have a big appetite with little time to cook.
Rating: Unrated
07/22/2011
Delicious peanut sauce! Very easy and quick recipe. The noodles are great cold. Added scallions and julienned seedless cucumbers.
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10/18/2010
I used an 8 oz package of soba noodles and it made about 4 servings. Very yummy!
Rating: Unrated
10/05/2010
I have made this twice now
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09/07/2010
I just made this and both my hubby and I thought it came out great! I just read the comments and think that I will definetly put green onions in next time. I put a full teaspoon of chili flakes in as well so that it'll be just a bit spicy. This was so easy to make!
Rating: Unrated
08/17/2010
I agree with a lot of the comments... green onions a must! It just gives it that authentic Thai flavor. I think I will double the sauce as well and maybe try a pinch of ginger too and a dash of onion powder. I'm glad the fish oil isn't included in this recipe, but a lot of people use that for this dish. I just never did like it. You can also use edamame(don't know if I spelled that right).. it's fab in this!!!
Rating: Unrated
03/31/2010
this turned out delicious - I went for the full tsp of chili flakes to give it some bite. Also, instead of a regular onion, I chopped about 4 green onions (scallions) and sprinkled them on after I mixed the dressing and broccoli/red pepper mixture with the pasta, and sprinkled the whole thing with about 2 tsp. of toasted seasame seeds. Delcious hot and ate the leftovers cold........YUM!
Rating: Unrated
01/16/2010
we really enjoyed this. I agree it serves 6. I added some grated ginger to the sauce because I love ginger
Rating: Unrated
06/06/2009
i thought this was delicious, but i definitely think it serves 6 people, not 4. i will definitely be making this again!
Rating: Unrated
01/11/2009
Oh my goodness! So delicious. I added one shredded, broiled chicken to this also.
Rating: Unrated
09/24/2008
I love, love this dish!!! I use soba noodles and add shrimp or chicken. Yum!
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09/24/2008
I absolutly love this dish. Omit the peppers, add carrot ribbon and shirmp for something different.
Rating: Unrated
08/24/2008
This was a joy to maken n n n n n n n n n n n n n and to eat! I recommend Lighter Sesame Noodles to beginners and adventurous chefs alike.
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08/24/2008
This was a joy to maken n n n n n and to eat! I recommend Lighter Sesame Noodles to beginners and adventurous chefs alike.
Rating: Unrated
07/30/2008
Yummy! Added chicken and doubled the sauce. Was good when made for dinner but omgosh was this delicious snacking right out of the fridge and the day after cold. Would be a really great dish to bring to a BBQ with or without meat. Will make again!
Rating: Unrated
06/07/2008
Easy and delicious, ate room temperature for dinner (yummy!), and even better the next day cold for lunch
Rating: Unrated
05/31/2008
This was an easy delicious meal. It is even great cold.
Rating: Unrated
05/22/2008
This was quick and quite easy. I added some seasoned tofu cut into very small pieces and that really filled out the dish. It was great as leftovers right out of the fridge.