Fragrant Peanut-Lime Noodles


While I was staring aimlessly into the cupboard the other night, looking for my daily dinner inspiration, I came across four jars of peanut butter.  I had crunchy, creamy, smooth and natural.  The point was I needed to do something with them.   Peanut butter and jelly wasn’t going to cut it, unless I wanted a mutiny on my hands.  Since I love a good peanut sauce, I figured that was the direction I was heading.  Before I knew it, Fragrant Peanut-Lime Noodles graced my dinner table.  I decided not to make them spicy since it was a family meal but a few red pepper flakes could definitely give you the heat, if so desired.

The sauce is creamy and clings nicely to the linguini.  With added broccoli, you have your vegetables covered and the peanuts add a nice crunchy texture.  Mealtime was a smashing success and everyone walked away from the table content.  The best part, this dinner comes together easily for a quick, weeknight meal while packing a weekend punch. 

Here’s what you will need:  Linguini, natural creamy peanut butter, rice vinegar, low-sodium soy sauce, fresh lime juice, fresh ginger, green onion, light brown sugar, broccoli florets, peanuts and fresh mint.

Cook the linguini in a large pot of salted water according to the directions on the package.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Set aside.

While the pasta is cooking steam 2 cups broccoli florets in a steamer basket for 4 minutes.

Make the peanut sauce in a food processor or blender by pureeing until smooth ¾ cup natural creamy peanut butter, ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce, ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons water, 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, juice of one lime, 1 green onion and 3 Tablespoons brown sugar.

Immediately before serving, toss the pasta with 1 cup of the peanut sauce.  Top each serving with broccoli florets and drizzle the remaining sauce over the vegetables.  Coarsely chop peanuts and sprinkle on top along with fresh mint leaves and chopped green onion.

Fragrant Peanut-Lime Noodles

1 pound linguini
¾ cup natural creamy peanut butter
¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup water plus 2 Tablespoons
3 Tablespoons rice vinegar
Juice of one lime
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped
1 green onion, more for garnish
3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
2 cups broccoli florets
½ cup shelled salted peanuts
Fresh mint leaves

Cook the linguini in a large pot of salted water according to the directions on the package.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Set aside.

While the pasta is cooking steam 2 cups broccoli florets in a steamer basket for 4 minutes.

Make the peanut sauce in a food processor or blender by pureeing until smooth peanut butter, soy sauce, water, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, juice of one lime, green onion and brown sugar.

Immediately before serving, toss the pasta with 1 cup of the peanut sauce.  Top each serving with broccoli florets and drizzle the remaining sauce over the vegetables.  Coarsely chop peanuts and sprinkle on top along with fresh mint leaves and chopped green onion.

Serves six.

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14 Comments

  1. Shelby 1

    This is my kindo of dish! Will definitely be trying this one!

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  2. Gah! This looks so good! I am so making this!

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  3. Niki 3

    I swear you had ginger in the first picture… Which actually turned me off to the recipe at first, but then I thought, Oh I can leave it out. Turns out it’s not in there! No changes to make for me, other than to add from red pepper! Thanks! :)

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  4. Happy Wednesday! :) Did you use a light box for this pictures? They look different than your other pictures…

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  5. Noble Pig 5

    No, just taken in a different location in my house.

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  6. Barbie with a T 6

    Beautiful presentation. Nice photos. If I made this my broccoli would not be that green, because I always overcook broccoli. My intentions are to keep it green, yet soft. There is a very narrow margin there, I think. Anyway, this dish looks very tasty, I would definitely add a little red pepper flakes for us. We like spicy food.

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  7. Biz 7

    This is right up my daughter’s alley – except I have jalapeno peanut butter I am going to use for my dish – yum!

    Happy New Year Cathy – can’t remember if I said that to you already?!

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  8. I love peanut sauce… this sounds delicious, and AS ALWAYS, your photos are beautiful and vibrant!

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  9. Lisa Haass 9

    So yummy! I am a sucker for anything with a peanut sauce!

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  10. Wow, that peanut sauce really looks delicious!

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  11. Lorna 11

    What happened to all the great links to other websites?

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  12. Lori 12

    What a wonderful recipe! Looks absolutely delicious for us peanut butter lovers!

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  13. Xime 13

    I made this for dinner last night, so delicious! and extremely easy to make. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  14. Lauren 14

    Wondering what my chances are of being able to mix the sauce by hand? I’m currently without food processor or blender. All I’ve got is elbow grease!

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