In this riff on Asian dan dan noodles, spinach and red bell peppers are tossed with a sesame-chile-soy sauce and topped with walnuts. If you want to bump up the protein, add tofu, seitan or even chopped egg.

Dirk Van Susteren
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2015


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine broth, 1 scallion, ginger, sesame oil and pepper in a medium saucepan. Bring just to a boil over high heat. Stir and set aside for 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spinach for 1 minute. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a colander (leave the water in the pot) and drain, pressing on the spinach to remove excess water. Add noodles to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse well. Chop the spinach. Gently combine the noodles and spinach in a large shallow serving bowl, separating the spinach so it doesn't clump together.

  • Place the saucepan of broth over medium heat. Add sesame paste (or tahini), soy sauce, chile oil and sugar; whisk until thoroughly combined. Bring to a low boil and remove from heat.

  • Pour the sauce over the noodles. Top with bell pepper, walnuts, sesame seeds and the remaining 3 scallions. Toss together at the table before serving.


Any type of flat wheat noodle can be used for this recipe; for the most authentic taste and texture, seek out a Chinese brand of noodles from an Asian market or a supermarket with a large selection of ingredients used in Chinese cooking.

Look for Chinese sesame paste--similar to tahini with a more prominent roasted-sesame flavor--in Asian markets.

Nutrition Facts

488 calories; protein 15.7g 31% DV; carbohydrates 54.1g 17% DV; dietary fiber 6.8g 27% DV; sugars 3.2g; fat 24.8g 38% DV; saturated fat 3g 15% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 5162.8IU 103% DV; vitamin c 41.2mg 69% DV; folate 305.2mcg 76% DV; calcium 149.1mg 15% DV; iron 5.2mg 29% DV; magnesium 126mg 45% DV; potassium 566.8mg 16% DV; sodium 347.3mg 14% DV; thiamin 0.7mg 70% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
This was easy and very tasty. Its also easy to substitute other vegetables and nuts. I agree I like a bit more soy sauce and chili. Read More
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Yum I really like the variety of flavors in this recipe. I thought it needed a little more soy sauce and chili oil to give it better flavor but I liked the walnuts greens and ginger flavors. Lots of options to vary the recipe. I have added tofu and substituted bok choi for the spinach as one way to make them. I also prefer the red peppers slightly cooked so I added them to the greens when they were boiled. Pros: Nice mix of flavors Read More