Fruit and nuts on noodles. Inspired by a combination of Persian breakfast spaghetti dish, whole black cardamom seeds in the Cardamom Cake recipe (May 2021) from Niloufer Ichaporia King and what I had in the pantry. Works as a breakfast, light lunch or dessert at dinner. Use original dates, pistachio, tahini or change the fruit, nuts or seeds to your taste. —Nancy
4 to 6
dry macaroni, spaghetti or vermicelli
Medjool dates, pitted (or other fruit, like pomegranate seeds or prunes)
pistachio nuts, raw shelled (or other nut, like walnuts)
Whole black cardamom seeds (or more to taste)
tahini sauce (no herbs or garlic), or cashew butter
Fresh ginger, grated or 1/2 tsp ground
pomegranate molasses, rosewater or orange water. Or more to taste
water for boiling the pasta
salt for pasta water
In This Recipe
Set water to boil with salt. Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to package directions. When done, remove from pot with strainer or tongs to serving platter.
While pasta is cooking, set out other ingredients. Pit the dates, if needed, and chop them to taste. Top cooked noodles with spices, fruit, nuts and syrup.
Serve hot or at room temperature as garnished, for pretty visual display, then toss all together and spoon out.