Spicy Peanut Noodles

Spicy peanut noodles I’m going to file this under meals-that-take-30-minutes-or-less-to-make. I’m a big, big fan of this file. Actually, we don’t have a tag for this on the blog?! I should add one.

I often find myself at home, getting ready to make something that I’ve shared on the blog before, and all of sudden I can’t remember all the ingredients or the quantities. I have the WORST memory! I blame technology (and myself; that’s only fair). But think about it, anything I need to know is basically just a few taps away on my smart phone. So, why remember anything when I could just look it up anytime?

So, I remember nothing. For example, I only know two phone numbers by heart. My parent’s landline and Elsie’s cell. I don’t even know my husband’s cell number by heart. And I think it’s because I’ve known those first two numbers since before I ever had a cell phone, so I had to remember them.

Spicy peanut noodlesEnough about technology. Let’s talk about pasta. I think pasta might be my favorite food group. This dish may seem sort of strange at first. I mean, peanut butter in a pasta sauce? What? But it sort of reminds me a thinner version of peanut dipping sauce, which is a heavenly thing.

It’s best to use a natural or less-sugar peanut butter for this, but use whatever you have on hand. Also, you could easily add more vegetables to this dish to add more nutrition. Sometimes when I make this at home I use about 2 ounces less pasta and add another bell pepper. Feel free to customize to your heart’s desire; that’s what cooking is all about. 🙂

Spicy peanut noodles recipeSpicy Peanut Noodles, serves two.

8 ounces linguine or spaghetti noodles
1 bell pepper
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1-2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce (depending how much spice you like)
2-3 tablespoons pasta water
1 tablespoon chopped green onion

Cook the pasta according the package directions. Once it’s time to drain the pasta, be sure to reserve 2-3 tablespoons for the sauce. You can use water if you forget, but the pasta water is just a little bit more starchy so it works well in sauce.

Spicy peanut sauceIn a bowl, stir together the peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire, and chili garlic sauce. Set aside.

Cooking bell peppersRemove the center of the bell pepper with the seeds, and slice thin. Sauté in a little sesame or olive oil over high heat for a couple of minutes until they begin to soften.

Once the pasta is ready, toss the pasta with the peppers. Pour the sauce, with the pasta water added, over the top of everything, and toss to combine.

Spicy peanut noodles Serve warm topped with a few green onions. Eat, preferably while watching your favorite TV show (The Mindy Project). Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • This sounds so amazing! I mean, it involves peanut butter so where could you go wrong?!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

  • This looks so good! I’ve been really into Asian food lately so I’ll have to try this out 🙂
    – Grace xx
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  • Looks so delicious!!! I am so gonna try making this! 🙂


  • This is fantastic! I just had amazing Thai food tonight and am happily surprised to find this easy recipe for a quick weekday fix!

  • Yes, add a 30 minute meal menu tab please! I’m always looking for something quick, easy and tasty so having all your amazing and easy recipes on an easy to get tab would be great!!

  • Oh this looks like the perfect quick after-work meal! I might add some matchstick zucchini pieces as well, to add more veggies. Looking forward to trying this one! 🙂

  • Yes! Love a little extra spice! This looks so so good!


  • Love it! Sounds like pad thai, and I love those flavors. A definite YES to the 30 minute meals because I would just adore that tag;)

  • It sounds bizarre to most people, but about 20 years ago my brother experimented making a tomato-based pasta sauce and added a spoonful or two of crunchy peanut butter. It’s absolutely amazing. The extra bit of crunch from the peanuts adds to the texture plus the sauce becomes creamier. I dare you to try it! Whether you make the sauce from scratch or just add a spoonful to a jar of pasta sauce before serving, it’s still amazing.

  • I’ve found that the trick to absolutely perfect restaurant-style peanut noodles is to add some brown sugar. I’d probably add a little less than a tablespoon to this recipe: try it next time! It totally takes it to the next level.

  • ohhhh yum yum yummm!! this is like a super healthy version of pad thai!! Im drooling over here.
    As a dietitian, I approve this meal 🙂

  • Oh my goodness! I’m generally in love with spicy peanut anything, but this looks down right magical!!

  • I have all of these at home- definitely trying!


  • I actually have all of these ingredients in my cupboard! That never happens! I’m going to buy a lottery ticket on the way home!

  • Oh, yum, I am all over this! Spicy peanut anything, get in my belly. A friend of mine made a spicy peanut pizza once as well that was mind-blowing. If this is anywhere as delicious as that, I’m making it tonight! I love how few ingredients it requires and how easy it is to make as well.


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