Friday, March 11, 2011

Recipe: Pasta with Peanut Sauce

Here is another easy pasta dish that tastes great and can be ready in around 20 minutes.  A few days ago I showed you how to make a simple peanut sauce.  In this recipe that sauce becomes a coating for whole wheat pasta, a protein of your choice, and cooked frozen vegetables.

You will need:

1 Recipe of Peanut Sauce
1 box whole wheat thin spaghetti (half box used in recipe)
1lb your choice of protein cooked as desired
1 cup frozen crinkle cut carrots
1 cup frozen broccoli
3/4 small/medium onion

Optional Toppings:
Crushed lightly salted or salt free peanuts
Chopped Green Onion

Begin by setting your pasta water boiling and begin preparing your peanut sauce. Begin cooking your protein of choice if you wish to add one.  If not you may wish to add more vegetables.  I used casing free chicken sausages that I found on sale though shrimp, chicken, and beef would also work well. I sauteed the onion along with the meat as it had started cooking.  After the water boils salt it heavily and add the thin spaghetti and frozen vegetables.  Cook for 6-7 minutes.  Reserve a cup of cooking liquid before draining in case the peanut sauce needs to be thinned further after adding.  Strain pasta and vegetables and put it back into the pot, add the protein, onion, and Peanut Sauce.  Stir to combine.   Top with crushed peanuts or green onions if desired.
Serves 4-6

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