Just made this tonight and it was wonderful! I know there have been a lot of peanut noodle recipes in the last two years or so, but I love peanut sauce, so had to try this one. I liked it a lot, although it had much less "complex" flavors than some of the others, but it was super fast to prepare (which is probably why it was in the "superfast" section! ). The peanut flavor wasn't overwhelming (not that I mind lots of peanut flavor, it was just nice it have something a little more subtle.) Overall, a great quick summer meal. I used 2 teaspoons chile paste, which didn't make it very hot at all, and the udon noodles, because I think they have a much better texture than linguine.
Here's the recipe for those that haven't gotten their August issue yet:
Spicy Peanut Noodles with Shrimp
If you don't like spicy food, start with only 1 teaspoon chile paste. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a little water -- it should be the consistency of unwhipped cream.
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 to 1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 to 2 teaspoons chile paste with garlic
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and devained
4 cups cooked this udon noodles or linguine (8 ounces uncooked)
1 red bell pepper, julienned
3/4 cup chopped seeded cucumber
1/4 cup diagonally cut green onions
3 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
4 lime wedges (optional)
1. To prepare sauce, conbime the first 6 ingredients and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir with a whisk.
2. To prepare the shrimp, toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Saute in nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side or until done.
3. To prepare pasta, combine peanut sauce, shrimp, noodles, bell pepper, cucumber, and onions in a large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle wiht chopped peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges if desired. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups pasta).
Calories 424 (28% from fat); FAT 13.2g (sat 2.6g, mono 5.6g, poly 3.8 g); PROTEIN 25g; CARB 51.1 g; FIBER 3.5g; CHOL 129mg; IRON 3mg; SODIUM 765mg; CALC 66mg