Make Ahead

Spicy Peanut Butter Spaghetti

July 28, 2011
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

This recipe is an adaptation from one I've relied on for years, "What to Cook When you Think There's Nothing in the house to Eat," by Arthur Schwartz. Last year I made my recipe for over 100 people for a fund-raising event to benefit our local United Way and to everyone's surprise it was a raving success (the spaghetti as well as the fundraiser!). I typically serve this with a flank steak cooked rare to medium-rare, sliced on the bias and layered over the top of the noodles, drizzling with leftover steak juices. This hands-down is my husband's favorite side dish of all time. You can control the heat with how much Cayenne you add to taste.... But take the few minutes it takes to make it and let the spices marry for a few hours before you add more. Enjoy! —Susige

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press or finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper OR Sriracha (Rooster Sauce) (more to Taste)
  • 3/4 packet Linguine or Spaghetti noodles, fresh or dried
  1. Four to five hours before you want to serve, mix all the ingredients except the noodles in a small bowl, cover with clear wrap and set aside so they all have a chance to get to meet and greet and are ready for the party.
  2. About an hour before dinner or service, bring the water to boil for the noodles (takes 10-12 minutes depending on size of pot). Once the water is at a boil, add 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt and the package of noodles. Turn burner down so that it stays at a slow steady boil and cook according to the package directions.
  3. When the noodles are done, drain and add back to the pot they were boiled in. Add the spicy peanut sauce to the noodles, swirl until the sauce is combined, and serve immediately or at room temperature.

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2 Reviews

Sagegreen July 29, 2011
Love how you have fed so many with this, and for such a good cause, too, Sounds great!
Susige July 30, 2011
Thank you! I made it again yesterday and my husband asked for whole wheat noodles and it worked great them with too. I used whole wheat thin spaghetti. He took the leftovers to the office to share.