Elise's Sesame Noodles


Whole-wheat pasta bolsters fiber and nutrients in this popular Asian noodle salad. The recipe is from Annelise Stuart of Germantown, New York.

Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
12 cups


  • 1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti

  • ½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar, or lime juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons crushed red pepper

  • 1 bunch scallions, sliced, divided

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided (optional)

  • 4 cups snow peas, trimmed and sliced on the bias

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced

  • ½ cup toasted sesame seeds


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar (or lime juice), crushed red pepper, 1/4 cup scallions and 2 tablespoons cilantro (if using). Add noodles, snow peas and bell pepper; toss to coat.

  3. To serve, mix in sesame seeds and garnish with the remaining scallions and cilantro.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2, up to 2 hours in advance.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
12g Fat
50g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 34%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Vitamin A 1077IU 22%
Vitamin C 40mg 44%
Folate 68mcg 17%
Sodium 543mg 24%
Calcium 135mg 10%
Iron 5mg 26%
Magnesium 130mg 31%
Potassium 323mg 7%

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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