Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sesame Noodles

What’s the trick to making pasta healthy? Use whole-wheat noodles. This popular Asian noodle salad bolsters the fiber content and packs a nutrient punch without sacrificing flavor. The recipe comes courtesy of Annelise Stuart of Germantown, New York.

Serves: 8 (1 1/2 cups each).
Preparation time: 20 minutes

1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar or lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 bunch scallions, sliced, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided (optional)
4 cups snow peas, trimmed and sliced on the bias
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water.

2. Meanwhile, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar (or lime juice), crushed red pepper, 1/4 cup scallions and 2 tablespoons cilantro (if using). Add noodles, snow peas and bell pepper; toss to coat.

3. To serve, mix in sesame seeds and garnish with the remaining scallions and cilantro.

Elise's Sesame Noodles: Provided by Eating Well

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