Roasted Garlic Peanut Noodles
We are big pasta eaters in my house and most days it’s far from fancy. A red sauce with some veggies or roasted chicken on top is what we heat many weekday meals. But, I like to push flavor boundaries with the kiddos and this quick roasted garlic peanut sauce is a lovely change up to your normal pasta.
I like to use udon noodles for this dish, which are wider than spaghetti, but they are also harder to cook and can get soggy if you overcook them. Honestly though, any pasta could be tossed in this sauce and it would work just fine.
Roasted garlic is one of my absolute favorite flavors and it’s one of a few reasons I’ll crank up the oven on a hot summer day. It goes well with the other savory flavors in this sauce and gives it a nice, mellow backbone of flavor.
If you didn’t use all this sauce on your pasta, you can use it for dipping with veggies or even steamed shrimp! It’s a great all-purpose sauce with a little change-up from the standard peanut sauce situation.
- To roast garlic, slice the tip end of the garlic head off with a paring knife. Drizzle the garlic head with a little oil and a pinch of salt and wrap tightly in foil. Roast in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until the cloves are very tender.
- Remove roasted garlic and push out roasted cloves into a food processor with peanut butter, hoisin, soy sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil, and water. Blend until smooth.
- Meanwhile cook udon noodles until just cooked. Drain and toss with roasted garlic peanut sauce.
- Divide noodles between bowls and garnish with sesame seeds, scallions, and chili garlic sauce.
These noodles are best eaten right away. If you are going to store them for later, store the noodles and sauce separately and toss them together right before eating.
These are also great topped with roasted chicken, pork, steak, or any roasted veggies you can imagine. Go crazy!
Roasted Garlic Peanut Noodles
If you aren’t roasting garlic on the regular, why do you even have an oven? Just wrap a whole head of garlic in foil, cut off the tip of the head and add some olive oil and salt. Roast it at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Delicious.
Once the garlic is roasted and cooled slightly you can just push out the cloves with your fingers. Add them to a food processor with all the other sauce ingredients. I love love love these flavors.
I added 1/4 cup of warm water just to make the sauce a bit more liquid. You might need to add a little more depending on the peanut butter you use. The sauce should hold its shape on a spoon and not be too liquid.
To finish your pasta, just toss in a few spoonfuls of the sauce with the hot pasta and toss it together with tongs. I recommend saving a little hot pasta water and add a few spoonfuls of that if the sauce seems too tight. It should lightly coat the pasta and be silky in appearance.
Then garnish to your heart’s content! Sesame seeds, scallions, and chili garlic sauce are just a start.
These roasted garlic peanut noodles are delicious on their own, but would also be a great base for any number of things including grilled protein like chicken or steak, roasted veggies like cauliflower, or crispy tofu!