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Spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms, with snow peas

Spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms, with snow peas

For the last several weeks, these spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms became my staple dish on Monday nights (or any other days that are similar to my hectic Mondays). It’s very easy to prepare; takes at most 40 minutes from start to finish, and it’s very tasty. The dish is versatile – you can eat it as a vegetarian version, or you can add already cooked fish or meat to it.

This is my perfect recipe for Monday nights. If your Mondays are anything like mine (busy from 9 to 5 with reports and excel spreadsheets at work, plus everybody is trying to catch up with me at the same time), then you will thank me for this recipe. It’s mindless, simple, you can do this dish on an auto-pilot, because this recipe does not require much thinking or fiddling. And, in the end, you’ll surprise yourself with the dish that’s quite excellent in flavor.

Spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms, with snow peas

You will note in the ingredients list, that I listed 60 snow peas as an ingredient. I didn’t have a scale, so I had to count the snow peas, yes, every single one of them – 60 total (you don’t have to wonder now why I am always short on time). Snow peas are quite small, so 60 of them was actually a relatively small amount in volume and very light in weight. I searched the internet to see how I could translate that into an actual weight or volume, but couldn’t find the answer. It should equal to about 2 or 3 cups in volume.

Spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms, with snow peas

Spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms, with snow peas

Prep time: 40 minutes

Makes 5 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 7-10 regular button mushrooms, sliced, or 1 Portobello mushroom, sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (substitute with any other hot sauce if you don’t have Sriracha)
  • 60 snow peas, ends trimmed (sorry, I didn’t have a scale, so I counted them :)). I think it’s about 2 or 3 cups
  • 1/2 lb pasta, preferably Fettuccine (half a pound)

1) Heat sesame oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add chopped green onions and sesame seeds and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and cook for another 2 minutes on medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat, and add soy sauce, honey, chicken stock, Sriracha – mix everything well to combine.

2) In a separate pan, boil snow peas 3-5 minutes until tender but still crunchy. Drain.

3) In another large pan, bring water to boil and cook pasta for 10-12 minutes or longer (according to pasta instructions) al dente. Drain.

4) Add drained snow peas and pasta to the vegetables and sauce in the large frying pan with vegetables from step 1. Mix everything well and heat everything through on medium-low heat.

Enjoy! Preferably with a very tall fluted glass of a good white wine, especially if you had a hard Monday:

Spicy Asian noodles and mushrooms, with snow peas

{ 29 comments… add one }

  • Von March 25, 2013, 3:45 am

    You actually bothered counting?!?! haha…..whenever I’m not sure about a quantity of an ingredient then I just estimate it :D My lazy meals after busy days often involve microwaving left-overs (usually chinese take-away leftovers which I get from work too!)….yeah, I’m a lot lazier than you! This looks a lot more appetizing and healthy than my left overs though!

    • Julia April 8, 2013, 1:38 am

      Yes, I did count the peas. I figured, since I didn’t have the scale, that was the fastest way for me to measure the ingredient. :) It didn’t take me a long time to count them all, but I recognize that’s not the most efficient way of measuring ingredients. :)

  • Rimli March 25, 2013, 4:22 am

    Simple yet delicious looking recipe. just loved the presentation too :)

  • Judy @Savoring Today March 25, 2013, 5:29 am

    Beautiful dish and beautiful photos–love it! Simple meals we know by heart that comfort and satisfy are so important, without them we are left thinking fast food is our only recourse for little time or energy. Thanks for giving me another one to add to my own recipe box. :)

  • Brianna March 25, 2013, 7:00 am

    Nothing like a good stir-fry recipe, the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Ashley March 25, 2013, 9:15 am

    I absolutely love meals like this for during the week … especially after a long day! This looks delicious … I usually do some kind of stir-fry rice but this would be a great way to switch it up. With a big glass of wine of course : )

    • Julia April 8, 2013, 1:39 am

      Oh yes, glass of wine makes any meal better! :)

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes March 25, 2013, 11:31 am

    A delightful and delicious noodle stir-fry!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You March 25, 2013, 4:46 pm

    These noodles look terrific! Julia: Please, please, a big bowl for me!!!!!!!!!!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen March 25, 2013, 8:02 pm

    Love that you counted the snow peas! Sounds like a delicious recipe. Love dishes that combine salty, sweet, and spicy.

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 25, 2013, 11:45 pm

    LOL you counted the snow peas. What an exacting cook you are. Now the next time I write, “toss a handful of snow peas in” I’ll say, Julia said add 60. :)

    • Julia April 8, 2013, 1:40 am

      It’s amazing how small snow peas are. 60 sounds like so many, while in reality it was such a small volume. :)

  • Rosa March 26, 2013, 1:42 am

    A delicious noodle dish! Exactly the kind of food I love.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Barbara March 26, 2013, 4:23 am

    That looks delicious! Love the colors… A little sweet, a little sour and with a kick. Great recipe, Julia!

  • Mushrooms Canada March 26, 2013, 6:41 am

    Love the simplicity of this recipe! It’s easy, but looks so impressive on the dinner table. I would definitely try this recipe with the portabella mushroom….YUM! Thanks for sharing!

    -Shannon

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 26, 2013, 6:59 am

    This would totally become my staple! It looks SO good!

  • Jill March 26, 2013, 7:39 am

    I love all Asian noodle dishes. I also love the crunch of snow peas, so 60 of them sounds just perfect. :) Lovely dish. Thanks for sharing!

  • Laura Dembowski March 26, 2013, 12:31 pm

    I love easy dinners like this. The flavors sound amazing. It would be a hit in my house for sure!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes March 26, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Oh these flavors sound perfect together! I’ve been on an Asian food kick lately….think I’ll keep it going :)

  • bellini March 26, 2013, 3:16 pm

    This is just the type of simple and tasty dish we all need on busy work days.

  • Mallika March 26, 2013, 6:18 pm

    A delicious noodle dish! Would like this kind of food, spicy and healthy!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies March 28, 2013, 8:12 pm

    I love snow peas! Easy meals are always my favorite meals–this looks delicious!

    • Julia April 8, 2013, 1:41 am

      Yes, easy is the key especially on the weeknights!

  • Peggy April 1, 2013, 1:34 pm

    This sounds like such a tasty and easy dinner!

  • Katherine August 30, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Great Idea. I made this for my husband last night and he loved it! Thank you.

    • Julia August 30, 2013, 3:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Katherine, and glad your husband loved it! :)

  • Krista November 3, 2013, 4:00 pm

    I made this using kelp noodles and asparagus(it’s what I had in the fridge). So yummy!! Thanks

    • Julia November 5, 2013, 2:09 am

      Yes, asparagus does go well with Asian flavors! Glad you liked it! I had to look up what “kelp noodles” were – what an interesting alternative to regular pasta! I love how they look, and that they are low carb and gluten free! Need to buy them and try them out!

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