Dan Dan Noodles with Spinach & Walnuts


In this riff on Sichuan 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.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth

  • 4 scallions, chopped, divided

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 10 ounces baby spinach (about 12 cups)

  • 12 ounces Chinese flat noodles (see Tips) or linguine

  • ¼ cup Chinese sesame paste (see Tips) or tahini

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot chile oil

  • ¼ teaspoon sugar

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 cup toasted chopped walnuts

  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    Dan Dan Noodles with Spinach & Walnuts


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 (per serving)

488 Calories
25g Fat
54g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 488
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 16g 31%
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Vitamin A 5163IU 103%
Vitamin C 41mg 46%
Folate 305mcg 76%
Sodium 347mg 15%
Calcium 149mg 11%
Iron 5mg 29%
Magnesium 126mg 30%
Potassium 567mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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