Katherine’s Noodles with Lots of Herbs and Toasted Peanuts
Provided by Umi Organic
Serves 2 (or makes 4 hearty sides) | Cooking time 30 minutes
1 package (10-ounce) Umi Organic fresh ramen noodles*
1 cup carrots, cut into matchsticks or grated on the large holes of a box grater
1 green onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup cilantro leaves and stems, chopped
3/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons mint leaves, chopped
3/4 cup toasted peanuts
1 teaspoon peanut oil
2 small stalks green garlic, trimmed and finely minced, or 2 small cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 tablespoon sunflower oil or other neutral oil
Juice of 2–3 limes
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Salt to taste
Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add noodles and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse well with cold water. Shake water out thoroughly. Put noodles in a large serving dish. Add the carrots, green onion, and herbs on top.
In a small skillet, toast the peanuts (yes, even though they’re already roasted!) over medium heat in peanut oil with a generous sprinkling of salt (to taste) until dark, golden brown, and toasty smelling. Keep the peanuts moving so as not to burn them. Remove from pan and let cool.
In a medium bowl, mix the dressing ingredients. Taste it. It should be bright and strongly flavored, with a kick from the red pepper flakes.
Pour the dressing over the noodles, vegetables, and herbs, and toss in the peanuts. Mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning with more lime juice, salt, or red pepper flakes.
Cook’s Note: “I was inspired by the herbs in my garden and my love of crunchy things. The earthy noodles play very nicely with the bright herbs and the rich, toasted nuts. It’s also delicious with an egg on top! I made this dish with regular spaghetti and it did not hold a candle to the flavor and texture provided by the Umi Organics noodles.” — Katherine Deumling, Owner, Cook What You Have
*Umi Organic Noodles can be found at People’s Food Co-op, New Seasons, Green Zebra Grocery, Uwajimaya, and the King and Hollywood Farmers Markets. Complete list at Umiorganic.com