Friday, April 8, 2016

Asian Spaghetti

This recipe is from Taste of Home, and is so easy to make, it’s not even funny. Seriously. Did you see what I did there? ;-)    Anyhoo….this is a great recipe to involve the kids with, even younger ones: there is veggie slicing and carrot grating going on, and even a 4 year old can start learning to stir (the sauce). It works up so quickly and is so good, you’ll want to make this again and again.

This recipe calls for toasted sesame seeds, and I actually had them….but forgot to use them! They’re fairly expensive in local groceries like Walmart or Kroger, so if you can get them in bulk at someplace like Whole Foods, do so.

The changes I made: I used toasted sesame oil (I *love* that stuff!) along with the vegetable oil, increased the veggies, and, of course, upped the amount of garlic. ;-) I also doubled the recipe and we had leftovers the next day for lunch. I’m not ashamed to admit that I ate this for breakfast the next morning too! Hey, that just shows you how good it is!

So, let’s get cooking!

Cook the angel hair pasta (remember how quickly it cooks!), drain, and rinse with cold water to cool down, and set aside, with a little  oil mixed in if you’d like to keep it from sticking.

Slice the mushrooms, cut the scallions into 1” lengths, and grate the carrot.

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, sugar, and cayenne pepper. You can up the cayenne if you want it extra spicy, or add red pepper flakes.

Now, in a large skillet, add the toasted sesame oil and vegetable oil to sauté the snow peas, scallions, and mushrooms, about 4 or 5 minutes, stirring frequently enough that you won’t be able to step away to do anything else.

Add the grated carrot and minced garlic, cooking and stirring for another minute.

Pour in the sauce and cook about a minute….

….and add the angel hair pasta, stirring well to coat with the sauce. Just cook it a little more to heat the pasta, really just a minute or so, stirring still.

Now it’s done! We served this with Chicken Fingers with Sweet and Sour Sauce. (<---click for recipe)

Enjoy! ~TMMF

We loved the Chicken Fingers with Sweet & Sour Sauce

Asian Spaghetti

1 lb angel hair spaghetti
8 oz fresh mushrooms
2 c fresh or frozen snow peas
8-10 scallions
1 c grated carrot
4-5 big cloves of garlic
1/2 c soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 Tbl toasted sesame seeds

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