Thai Pasta Salad

17 June 2010
I wish I had invented this recipe because it is like crack.  Alas it isn't mine... I have my Aunt Anita to thank for this one & I am not sure of the origin before that.  This is one of my "go to" summer recipes because it is delicious and relatively easy to make... plus it is something that can sit outside for an hour without making people sick... essential for summer entertaining.  I have messed with the original just a bit {as I always do} it is definately one of those dishes that always brings recipe requests.

{the green onions are missing from this one because I was too lazy to run to the store.}

Thai Pasta Salad
1 lb of pasta of your choosing {I recommend bowtie, campenelli, rotini, or other twirly pasta}
scant 1/3 c. canola oil
1/4 c. sesame oil
1 t. red pepper flakes, crushed
1/4 c. honey
3 T. soy sauce
1/3 c. peanuts, chopped
1/4 c. green onions, chopped
2 T. toasted sesame seeds {found in international aisle of the grocery already toasted, or toast your own}

Cook your pasta & rinse well with cold water.

While pasta is cooking, prepare your sauce by adding the canola oil, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, honey, and soy to a small sauce pan.  Cook, stirring often until the honey is fully incorporated and the sauce thickens just slightly.

Pour the sauce over the pasta reserving about 1/4 cup and refrigerate overnight.  {Now, you can skip this step if you want, but it is twenty times better the next day after the sauce soaks in.}

When you are ready to serve, pour the remaining 1/4 cup of sauce over the pasta and toss.  Then, top with chopped peanuts, green onions, and toasted sesame seeds. 

Enjoy!

5 comments:

~*Jess*~ said...

Holy delicious. That is everything I love. Must make it.

Nikki said...

That looks and sounds delicious!!! I'm probably going to have to make that now. I would maybe even add some chicken??!!! Yummy!

Ashley said...

That looks awesome! I don't even want to know the calorie count though.

Stacy Kaye said...

That looks really good! Maybe I will try it for dinner tomorrow night! I think it would be so good with grilled chicken!

MrsEggs said...

Looks delish! I bet the addition of grilled chicken or some shredded carrots and cabbage would make this pretty tasty.

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