Pantry Peanut Noodles


Choose your own adventure with these noodles! They're delicious with peanut butter and tahini alike. Plus, you can use whatever frozen vegetables you have on hand and finish the dish off with any herbs still thriving in your garden or hanging out in your crisper.

Pantry Peanut Noodles
Photo: Jacob Fox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

  • 4 cups frozen vegetables, such as broccoli and/or peppers and onions

  • ½ cup creamy natural peanut butter or tahini

  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted peanuts or toasted sesame seeds

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives and/or cilantro

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Place frozen vegetables in a large colander and set in the sink. After reserving 1 cup of the cooking water, pour the pasta into the colander (over the vegetables) to drain.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk peanut butter (or tahini), soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, honey and crushed red pepper in a large bowl.

  3. Whisk 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water into the sauce until smooth. Add the pasta and vegetables and toss to coat. (If the mixture seems dry, add more of the reserved cooking water to reach desired consistency.) Top with peanuts (or sesame seeds) and chives (and/or cilantro). Drizzle with sesame oil before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

506 Calories
22g Fat
59g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 506
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 13g 46%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 25g 50%
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Vitamin A 2020IU 40%
Sodium 701mg 30%
Potassium 368mg 8%

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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