Summer has me thinking of salads we can enjoy and I recently made this Asian Sesame Noodle Salad with peanuts. You could make this with other types of pasta – cavatappi, gemelli, penne, or whatever you have on hand. I had thin spaghetti which I used and it turned out great!
recipe adapted from Recipezaar
3/4 lb linguine (or use vermicelli or thin spaghetti)
4 cups water
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup tamari (or use soy sauce)
1/3 cup warm water
2 tablespoons peeled fresh ginger, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or use red wine vinegar)
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
3 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon crushed chili pepper flakes (or to taste)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup sliced red pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup toasted peanuts, chopped
1 lime, quartered for garnish
Plug in the IP with insert set in place.
Add the pasta and water into the IP.
Press MANUAL and adjust the time to 4 minutes on HIGH pressure.
Once at pressure, the display will reflect 4 (the number of minutes you initially set) and will begin to countdown to 0 minutes.
Open up your IP when the pin has dropped (allow a few minutes for this to happen). The IP will automatically default to the WARM mode.
You’ll notice no draining is necessary; the water will be absorbed by the pasta.
Transfer pasta into a colander and rinse well under COLD water. Place in large bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, transfer to a large bowl, then add in the red bell pepper and green onions.
Using a blender puree all the dressing ingredients until smooth (about 2 minutes).
Just before serving pour the dressing over the cooked pasta and veggies, then add in the toasted sesame seeds; toss well to combine.
Top with toasted peanuts and quartered lime for garnish.