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Last minute Sesame Noodles…


I have not been wanting to turn on the oven lately.  I’ve done it, but I haven’t wanted to.  It’s just so hot, and when it’s hot I really don’t feel like making the effort, as well as eating anything heavy or “cooked”, if you know what I mean.  A day last week was definitely one of those days..all afternoon I was teetering between calling my husband to bring home take out or pulling something together last minute.  Last minute won, and it was all good…I was able to use up lots of produce from the fridge, keep it healthy and avoid spending money on take out.  And better yet, the leftovers made a great lunch the following day.


After doing a quick google search, I found this great recipe for sesame noodles on  I made substitutions based on what I had on hand, but I stuck with the same sauce.  I also wanted to turn this into a complete meal so I cooked up some frozen shelled edamame for protein and added it to the noodles.

Sesame Noodles

Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen, adapted from

(printable recipe)

1 lb spaghetti (I used quinoa pasta, but whole wheat or soba noodles would be great as well)
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tb sesame oil
2 tb canola oil
2 tb rice wine vinager
1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
1 bunch of scallions, sliced, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 red peppers, sliced thin
1/4 piece of red cabbage head, sliced thin
1-2 carrots, shredded with vegetable peeler
1 1/2 cup shelled edamame, cooked
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, rinse under cold water.

To make dressing, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar, crushed red pepper, scallions, and cilantro in a large bowl. Add noodles and vegetables, toss to coat. Top with sesame seeds.


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45 comments on “Last minute Sesame Noodles…”

  1. Fantastic! I make a similar recipe a la Rach Ray with nut butter. It is filling and love that it involves very little cooking. I make tons and Josh and I will eat it for days. You have some great colors rocking through yours as well!!

  2. Aggie, your pictures are so brilliantly beautiful! Wonderful colors, it looks wonderful!

  3. I agree with nor turningon the oven. We have had some cooler days mixed in so baking has been an option.

  4. This one made it to my Recipe Wish List! Your photos are stunning and the recipe looks great, thanks for sharing.

  5. Amen on not wanting to turn on the oven! We are having our kitchen redone this week and I haven’t been able to do any cooking.

    This salad is something I want to make once my kitchen is done. It has beautiful colors and a great dressing!

  6. Lovely recipe and perfect for summer! I’ve had asian noodles on the brain lately and picked up some sesame seeds over the weekend. Must try this soon!

  7. Those noodles are beautiful!! Look amazing!

  8. These are so beautiful, Aggie…I mean look at all that gorgeous color!

  9. never heard of that pasta, will have to diffinitely look for it, this dish jumps out of the photo with vibrant color love it!

  10. what an amazing looking meal Aggie!

  11. That looks great and easy. No funky ingredients that I don’t or wouldn’t have in my kitchen. I can’t handle turning on my oven either. Especially when the AC is going full blast, it just seems wrong. The same thing applies for the stove too but I guess I can suck it up to boil pasta for this.

  12. Love it Aggie! What a great summer meal and so healthy too! It has been so hot here as well. Definitely better than cooking over a hot stove or take-out.

  13. Your photos are gorgeous and making me want to try this dish… and it’s not even 9 a.m.! Love the way you used up what you had on hand to make this meal… I’m going to be doing that this week… bought an abundance of produce and not going through it as fast as we should!

  14. Holy cow Aggie, this is just beautiful! Need this for lunch!!

  15. Gorgeous Aggie! I love this noodle dish!

  16. This looks SO fresh. I love it!

  17. My kind of food, full of vegetables and texture and sesame seeds. Delicious!

  18. mmmm this looks delish!

  19. This noodle dish looks so delicious. I like all the different colors from vegetables!

  20. Looks great, I love the colors!

  21. That looks fabulous and delish!

  22. Oh my, the color alone is AMAZING! Good job, girl. I’d eat that! 🙂

  23. What a beautiful dish – love all the colors! I’m the same way on hot afternoons. I’ll make this soon!

  24. i had no idea there was such a thing as quinoa pasta, how cool! i love this dish, especially all the colors!

  25. This is my kind of noodle dish. Soba noodles would go really nicely with this sauce.

  26. This looks so yummy and colourful! I must get my hands on some of that quinoa pasta too!

  27. This looks wonderful! I have some pork in the freezer that I cut into thin strips and put in a lemongrass marinade. Might throw some of that into this too. If I remember, this is going on the menu next week!

  28. The jewel tones in this sesame pasta are gorgeous! The quinoa pasta is a great idea. You are rocking the healthy & tasty food girl, love it!!

  29. I just found this fantastic recipe using StumbleUpon — I am sure glad that it found you. Your photography is great and the dish looks wonderful. I would love to try this with quinoa pasta which I have never tried before. Thanks for sharing. Your site has been bookmarked.


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  31. These look great!!

    Here’s another fave recipe of mine.

    Sesame Noodles with Tofu and Red Peppers

    It’s particularly fun to serve these in little Chinese take-out boxes for a festive appetizer at a party.

  32. This looks so fresh and yummy Aggie! I’ve been feeling the same way about my oven and I don’t expect it to end anytime soon since summer is far from over around here. I’m trying this for dinner, though, and don’t think anyone will miss the oven!

  33. Interesting. I’ve been on a big noodle craze lately, I have no idea why – I just got a crazy craving for noodles!! I’ve already tried nearly half of all the noodle recipes at this site and looking for more still! Crazy huh. I should probably stop soon, I dont think eating noodles every day is a little unhealthy perhaps…

  34. Me gustan las nenas vistas en este lugar. Gracias por escribir este post.

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  38. What a beautiful dish! Love just how easy this is + all the vibrant colors, this is definitely going on my must make list!

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  43. I’ve almost never commented on online recipes, but I made this tonight and nearly ate the entire bowl. SO delicious!! The dressing seemed to make more than necessary, so I poured some out for another batch…but otherwise it’s absolutely fantastic!

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