Easy Weeknight Peanut Noodles with Roasted Broccoli.
I beg and hope and plead that these peanut noodles will be your dinner tonight!
Ummm, new favorite meal alert!
I know, I know, I say it ALL THE TIME. But it’s true! Every few weeks I create something that is good enough to eat at multiple meals, multiple days in a row. And it makes me so happy.
This is kind of a reject recipe from the book that I’m currently working on. Okay, it’s not an ACTUAL reject, but here’s the thing. It’s been sitting in my to-do pile for the book and at some point I realized that it was just too similar to my 15 minutes sesame noodles in The Pretty Dish. Flavor-wise, it’s not similar at all, but the whole feel of the peanut noodles+ramen didn’t feel new and exclusive enough for Everyday Dinners.
So here we are!
I ended up testing the recipe anyway and we just about died over how delicious the whole bowl was. Couldn’t even take it. It’s one of those recipes that I had to then make again for dinner (like, the same day) and one that I was even craving for lunch the next day. In case you don’t get it yet…
THESE ARE SO GOOD.
And this is exactly the kind of dinner that I love!
The noodles take minutes. Yes, like only minutes! The noodles cook in less than ten minutes (if you use ramen like I did here, it takes about three minutes) and the sauce comes together in a few minutes too.
You know what takes the longest? Roasting the broccoli! But it’s so worth it. It adds a depth of flavor to the noodles as well as gives them some nice, roasty texture. Plus… together the noodles and broccoli taste amazing.
If you’re really in a time pickle, you can just toss the broccoli into the noodles raw or toast them in the skillet for a second.
And let me just say it: adding in the broccoli here makes this even more of a satisfying meal. You don’t need to add anything else to this bowl – no chicken or shrimp or anything! I promise this is filling enough.
Unless you’re Eddie. If you’re Eddie, you might add an entire filet to the top or something. But you get my drift.
IF (and that’s a big if) you find this more suitable as a side dish, it makes a great one paired with salmon.
Not only does it work as such a delicious lunch or dinner, my favorite way to make it might be as a late night snack. I mean, it tastes even better when you’re super hungry late at night.
Leftovers work too! The leftovers are really flavorful, they just aren’t saucy. The noodles absorb most of the sauce so while everything still has a lot of flavor, it’s not swimming in sauce. You might even like that better!
Guys these are even good eaten COLD straight from the fridge. I cannot take how much I love them.
Peanut Noodles with Roasted Broccoli
- 2 to 3 cups broccoli florets (really you can use as much as you'd like here!)
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- pinch of salt and pepper
- pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 (3 ounce) packages ramen noodles, flavor packets discarded
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup soy sauce (I like reduced sodium tamari)
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (sambal oelek)
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup chopped peanuts
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the broccoli on a baking sheet and drizzle with the oil. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper and crushed pepper flakes. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly charred.
While the broccoli is roasting, bring a pot of salted water to a boil to cook the noodles.
In a large skillet or saucepan, make the sauce. Heat the sesame oil over medium-low heat. Add in the garlic and ginger and cook for a 1 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter, soy sauce, water, chili garlic sauce, lime juice and honey. Stir until combined and smooth.
Cook the noodles according to the directions (if using ramen noodles, it’s about 3 minutes!) Drain the noodles well.
Add the noodles to the sauce and toss. Toss in the red peppers, green onions, peanuts and cilantro. Add in the roasted broccoli. Toss everything well, until it’s combined. Serve immediately.
100% making them today.