Tahini Noodles

February 17, 2015
Photo by Alpha Smoot
Author Notes

I really love this recipe, like, in an unhealthy, almost obsessed way… Why? Because it so damn tasty! If you bring this to a potluck, I promise there will be nothing left over! With a few things that stay great in your fridge or pantry and a few items I bet you already have on hand, you are 20 minutes away from delicious! Did I mention it’s vegan? Well, it is, and it is good enough to show off for company. —Alexandra V. Jones

Test Kitchen Notes

WHO: Alexandra V. Jones is a beer-loving food blogger based in Portland, Oregon.
WHAT: A lightly spicy tahini sauce kicks up your weeknight spaghetti game.
HOW: Prep green beans, carrots, and a tahini dressing while your pasta boils—then toss it all together for fast, better-than-takeout sesame noodles.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The key to the tahini noodles is the sauce, and while many tahini noodles are tahini-heavy, this one is nicely balanced. It's umami-heavy, but light from the ginger and rice wine vinegar. And it's just a little spicy (like all sesame noodles should be, in our opinion). —The Editors

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 4 to 6
  • Dressing
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Noodles and toppings
  • 1 pound dried spaghetti
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 cups fresh green beans, blanched in salted water, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
In This Recipe
  1. Boil a large pot of salted water and cook the pasta in it until desired toothsomeness is achieved, about 10 minutes.
  2. While the pasta cooks, combine dressing ingredients in a blender or processor and pulse until creamy.
  3. Add the dressing to the warm, drained pasta, carrots, onion, and green beans. I topped mine with Japanese togarashi pepper (found in Asian markets), black and white sesame seeds.

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