5 Ingredient Asian Peanut Noodles – A staple pantry recipe!

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These 5 ingredient noodles are salty and spicy, full of umami and creamy peanut butter. From start to finish in 10 minutes, these are a perfect quick fix when you've had a long day.A few years ago I was browsing Pinterest for ramen noodle ideas. I had this crazy craving for the chicken cup o’ noodles I used to eat as a kid but I didn’t want to use the noodle packet of questionable origin, especially since I was pregnant! You would be surprised how creative people get with ramen, it was enough to somehow eat up 2 hours of my life going through hundreds and hundreds of pins. I wanted the texture of the noodles, but wanted a flavor that tasted like ingredients instead of chemicals. It also had to be something I currently had in my pantry since the last thing I wanted to do while it was snowing outside was go to the grocery store for fresh ginger or asian pear. I had the noodles because I had experimented with frying them for a salad topping (not a fan of that recipe). Unfortunately it came in a 6 pack, so 5 packs were just eating up cupboard space (which was in VERY short supply living in a condo in Northwest DC). About 100 recipes in, I came across 3 or 4 in a row that mentioned the combination of peanut butter and sriracha. I was intrigued! Then I found this! Martha Stewart, of all people! I mean c’mon, can you imagine Martha sitting down with a bowl of ramen noodles from a packet? Even with the upgrade?

I wanted to give her recipe a shot, but I wasn’t thrilled about using the packet, so I set out to adjust. I played with the amounts of peanut butter and soy sauce, but it all came down to that packet. Then one day when I was going to make it I set my pot of water to boil and lo and behold there was a bottle of Better than Bouillon sitting next to it on the counter. So instead of the packet I put a nice big spoonful in. If you aren’t familiar with them, it is basically stock/broth that has been reduced down to a paste. Literally all the water is gone. So one jar replaces probably 15 boxes of broth (Want to reiterate here, I am not sponsored by Better than Bouillon, I am just a fan. I will always let you know if you are reading about products that I am sponsored by). Added bonus? They sell them at Costco for less than anywhere else, in its organic version.

Jackpot! The concentrated chicken flavor completely makes up for that packet. Then the soy and peanut butter make it creamy and full of umami. Finally the sriracha gives it a kick. PERFECTION! And did I mention perfection in 5 ingredient? Yup. Winner.SidesSince then I have done even more in the way of alternatives. I’ve ditched the ramen noodles in favor of thin spaghetti. It was a healthier choice overall. I go to the Asian grocer for fresh chow mein noodles from time to time, but the best thing about this recipe is how easy it is as a pantry recipe. None of these ingredients have a short shelf life so you can always have this recipe in your back pocket. I usually get fancy and throw some peanuts and sliced green onions on top. If I have cooked chicken in the fridge I chop it up and toss it in with all the sauce ingredients. This is the best part of a pantry dish, it is whatever you have! Have some left over shrimp? steak from last night? roast pork (oh man, now I want this with roast pork and it is only 7:00 am as I write this)? Throw it in! Baked tofu? Roasted veggies? It is pretty hard to steer wrong with this base recipe.Up CloseI think the recipe tastes even better because the instructions are only three steps!

These 5 ingredient noodles are salty and spicy, full of umami and creamy peanut butter. From start to finish in 10 minutes, these are a perfect quick fix when you've had a long day.

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5 Ingredient Asian Peanut Noodles

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  • Yield: 1 serving
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Course: Main
  • Cuisine: Asian
These 5 ingredient noodles are salty and spicy, full of umami and creamy peanut butter. From start to finish in 10 minutes, these are a perfect quick fix when you've had a long day.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of thin spaghetti
  • 6 cups chicken stock , or 6 cups water and 2 heaping tablespoons of Chicken Better Than Bouillon
  • 3 tablespoon lite soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon peanut butter
  • sriracha (to taste, I usually use just less than a tablespoon for a pound of pasta)
  • Crushed peanuts (optional)
  • sliced green onions (optional)
  • Cooked Chicken (optional)

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Cook the noodles on high with stock for 5-7 minutes.
  2. Drain off 90% of the water
  3. Add soy sauce, peanut butter and sriracha. Mix well.
  4. Add peanuts and green onions if you want to get fancy!

Recipe Notes

Heavily adapted from Martha Stewart

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 serving, Amount per serving: calories

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    1. Awesome! And if you hold back on the sriracha just a bit the youngest kids would love it to. Our oldest had some for dinner last night 🙂

    2. Way too salty!  Other flavors blend but need to cut back on soy sauce for saltiness. I also added sautéed mushrooms and broccoli. Next time will make with 1/2 the soy sauce. Served with fried rice. 

  1. That looks fantastic! The best recipes are the ones that are easy to make but look like they took serious effort!

    1. Thanks for the pin! I hope you love it! They are so easy to make, I even make them for my oldest if we have started dinner and there is a battle I don’t want to fight! haha!

  2. This looks really good. I think I will make this in place of spaghetti this week. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. We love Asian noodles and I always have Ramen and Cup O Noodle on hand for quick easy meals or random cravings. The added spice is a real treat too!

    1. I think this is a great twist on those noodles and it’s almost as easy to make! I hope you get a chance to try it!

  4. This looks and sounds really good. I tried some sort of Asian chicken type salad the other day and it was delicious, had very similar ingredients. Must make this at home!

  5. This looks so delicious. I will have to try this recipe on the weekend. I am sure it will be a big hit.

  6. Hats off to you for getting so creative and refusing to eat the ‘flavor packet’! I’m gluten-free now but used to love Ramen, really for the texture of the noodles. I totally agree on the packet. You’ve elevated the ramen experience tenfold; this sounds fantastic!

    1. Aww thank you, that is so sweet of you! I definitely have my ramen packet moments with other things that aren’t as fresh as can be but I try to minimize where I can. It really took my first pregnancy and all the “paranoid about to be a new mom” research to learn about the harm of them and the dangers of things like nitrates/nitrites. I can’t tell you how hard of a shift it was!

  7. Wow does this ever look amazing. I’m not sure my kids would love this as much as myself and my husband but I’m for sure going to have to try this!

  8. Wow does this ever look amazing. I’m not sure my kids would love this as much as myself and my husband but I’m for sure going to have to try this!

    1. My oldest had some a couple of days ago, it is one of their favorites! Our trick to cooking it for kids is I hold back on the sriracha in the meal, then just add it to my portion. But only if your kids are super young and can’t handle any spice at all 🙂

    1. Yay! I was talking to my mom today and she said she’d never heard of it. In the kitchen it is pretty much my go to so I was kind of in shock. Instead of continuing our conversation I launched into my love of it for 10 minutes. Also, thanks for the pin! I’m still so new I get so excited when people love enough to pin for later!

  9. My husband picks up udon , rice and ramen noodles from a local Asian market. They taste so much better then those 10c dehydrated packets. lol He’ll be thrilled to see your recipe.

    1. I bet you probably already have all the ingredients too! That is one of my favorite things about this sauce!

    1. Thanks! As much as I love recipes that are complicated, I have days it has to be easy or it is cereal for dinner!

  10. It made me smile when you clarified that the Martha Steward recipe was “heavily adapted”. 🙂

    I always marvel at people who can take an existing recipe and then have the wisdom to be able to play around with the ingredients to come up with their own delicious variation.

    It looks like the Lord has blessed you with a gift. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. That is so sweet of you! Thank you for the kind words! I have to say I chuckled a little while writing “heavily adapted” too.

  11. Stop it! You are making me feel hungry with 3 hours until dinner! Thanks so much for sharing this delicious recipe with us at #AnythingGoes link up

  12. This looks amazing and with only 5 ingredients, how can you beat that?!?! Your photography is beautiful as well! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me Link Party, I hope you will party with us again next week!

  13. I totally get the whole spending-2-hours-of-your-life-looking-through-pins thing. It happened to me on a lower scale a few hours ago. I woke up around 2 in the morning and just couldn’t go back to sleep. For some reason, my eyes were so tired, but my mind was thinking about all sorts of things a mile a minute! Plus, I was so hungry. After failing to go back to sleep for the hundredth time, I relented and got on my phone to look up all kinds of filling recipes I could make. After a while, I looked up peanut butter noodles, which I had been craving for around a week since my brother mentioned it. I found a recipe with a ton of reviews, but also a ton of ingredients that I just didn’t have (or like). Dejected, I looked at some other recipes but none of them really caught my eye. And then I found this one. The more I read, the more hopeful I became. When I saw the ingredients, I just thought, “Wow, this looks so simple and so good!” I vowed to make it. Then, I tried to go back to sleep. It didn’t work. I finally got up at 6 AM to get something to eat. I figured I’d make some pasta quickly to sate my hunger. A peek into the fridge and pantry revealed that I had Asian noodles AND peanut butter. At that moment, I could practically taste the end product. I ended up making the pasta and the peanut butter noodles in a span of one hour. I let my grandmother have the first bite, and she commented on how rich it was and that it was tasty as well. (By the way, I didn’t even realize that the recipe called for siracha, which I didn’t have, but the finished product looked great anyway. I’m sure I would have loved it with siracha, too, since I love spicy food.) After cleaning up, I got myself a bowl, a bottle of water, and made myself comfortable in my sister’s room. I figured I could taunt her with it, so she’d get up earlier for school. But alas, she simply rolled over in bed, and turned her back on me. “Oh well,” I said, while helping myself to the product of my labors. “I’ll just enjoy this myself then.”
    And enjoy, I did.
    Thank you so much for this recipe; it was absolutely delicious and so simple to make.
    P.S.: I’m sorry about my super long comment. For some reason, I just felt like the buildup was necessary. 😀
    Have a great day!

    1. I also sometimes get recipes stuck in my mind and can’t think about anything else until I make them! Thanks for sharing your story! 🙂

  14. wow!!! thanks for this-we have ordered these noodles from chinese restaurants for years-never dreaming how easy it could be to make these…thanks,i made it just as you said and it was amazing!!!

    Rating: 5