Some days you just need super simple sesame noodles in your life, feel me? On those days when life be CRRAAYYY, and you’re thinking…really? Do I have to muster up a few ounces of extra energy to make my family dinner? Because reaaallllyyyyy I’d rather punch myself in the face. Let’s just order Chinese takeout. Or pizza? Chinese takeout with a side of pizza.
Enter: Simple Sesame Noodles.
Here’s the cool thing about this recipe: you can keep it super simple just like this, or you can use this as a base for chicken, pork, beef, veggies, etc…All you would do is make the recipe as is and then throw any extras on there that your heart desires.
Either way works – whatever floats your boat. Been a crazy day and you can barely stay awake long enough to put dinner on the table? The simple version is probably your frand. Want something a little more complex and varied for dinner but still craving those yummy Asian flavors? Experiment a bit and throw some extras in there! The world is your oyster. Or…these sesame noodles are your oyster ?.
So let’s talk about the simple version of this recipe:
- Whole wheat spaghetti
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Sesame oil
All you do is cook the spaghetti in boiling water while you combine the sauce ingredients in a skillet and cook down for a few minutes. Bam. Doneskies. And now you have a big bowl of mouthwatering sesame noodles! The other thing that makes this dish impossibly easier? It is yummy hot, room temperature, or cold.
We tried it all three ways and liked it all three ways!
Apologies for my lack of posting this week – we had a BUNCH of family visiting all weekend, and the last of everyone didn’t leave until yesterday. Aaanndd yesterday was Seth and I’s two year wedding anniversary (woooppp!!), so I was busy with that for most of the day and all of the evening.
These sesame noodles have been waiting to show their deliciousness to you since Monday…poor noodles.
So, our anniversary. We are going on a big trip to Mexico at the end of July as our real anniversary (slash deployment homecoming) celebration, but we still went out to dinner last night at this super fancy restaurant. Ima tell you what we got, because who doesn’t need to suddenly get super hungry in the middle of the day while reading this post? Here we go…(this is directly from their menu, by the way).
Egg Rolls – Crispy wonton wraps filled with white rice, green chiles, seasoned pork and leek pecan slaw, deep-fried and served with soy horseradish sauce, citrus balsamic glaze and Sriracha hot sauce.
(Seth) Filet Mignon Royale – Bacon wrapped USDA Prime filet chargilled, topped with sautéed crabmeat and sauce béarnaise, served over roasted garlic chèvre smashed potatoes.
(Me) Harry’s “Kobe” Burger – Fresh ground American “Kobe” Wagyu beef, chargrilled to order, topped with pecan smoked bacon, mozzarella cheese, iceberg lettuce and heirloom tomatoes. Served on a house onion bun toasted with a foie gras herb butter and an ancho chile aioli with truffle french fries.
We got dessert, too, but that’s not on their online menu. We got two things: cheesecake with this crumbly stuff and raspberry stuff (my words are just slightly less eloquent than theirs) and this chocolate pavlova with chocolate ganache and whipped cream.
First of all, DON’T JUDGE ME FOR GETTING A BURGER. I know it’s the fanciest restaurant ever, and I almost didn’t get it because I felt so lame getting a burger at a gourmet restaurant, but the waitress convinced me. Said it was the best burger she’s ever had.
And DAAANNNGGG it was insanely good. Seth’s filet stole the show, though. Hands down the best steak either of us have ever had. Like…it was mind blowing.
Mind blowing like these sesame noodles ?. I hope you are all having a wonderful week!!
- 1 box whole wheat spaghetti
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 3 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- Sesame seeds - optional garnish
- Cook whole wheat spaghetti in boiling, salted water until al dente (follow package instructions)
- In a skillet, combine all the ingredients for the sauce (soy sauce, brown sugar, water, sesame oil, ginger, garlic). Whisk together
- Bring to a simmer and cook for a few minutes, until just thickened slightly. Set aside
- Drain the pasta using a colander, and add the spaghetti back into the large pot
- Once back in the large pot, pour your sauce over the pasta. Toss until totally combined and serve! Optional topping - sesame seeds
Nutrition information is for 1 cup servings of the noodles.
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