I found these Peanut Butter Noodles a month or so ago whilst cruising round the Abel & Cole site. I was going to link to the recipe, but it isn’t there any more. There is a similar one with the same name, but not the one I printed off (very glad I did). This is my version of it. It doesn’t take too long and it’s really yummy, we’ve had it several times now. You can really stretch out a few shreds of chicken with this. I’ve done it with noodles and spaghetti, both worked well.
If you have any raw peanuts, you could give them a little fry and sprinkle them over the top of the finished dish, although it’s possible that would make it TOO peanutty. We have them on a non-peanut stir fry, where they are lovely.
6 tblsp peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, up to you. I like crunchy, Asda 340g/62p, 20p
1 tblsp soy sauce, Asda 150ml/£1, 10p
1 garlic clove or equivalent, can use powder 100g/69p, 3p
1 tsp fresh ginger Asda 100g/27p, 1p
sliver of chilli 1p?
2 tblsp lime juice, or use Asda 250ml/39p lemon juice, 5p
1 tbslp honey or sugar, 1p? (Sugar)
1.5 tsps turmeric, Asda TRS 100g/62p, 3p
4-6 tbslp water
I used the ginger and garlic paste in the large jar from an Indian shop I have at just £2.69 for a kilo. You can use garlic powder or a clove. I had some squeezy lime juice from Approved Food, so I used that, otherwise I would have used lemon juice from a bottle. I think any citrus would work here, so grapefruit juice from a tin of breakfast fruit for instance. I used honey as I have it, sugar would be fine. If you don’t have any chilli, or don’t like it, just leave it out
The key ingredients for the distinctive flavour seem to be the peanut butter, soy and citrus. Everything else can be varied whilst keeping the essence of the dish.
For the rest of the dish
250g noodles, spaghetti or anything like it, value spaghetti, 23p/500g, 12p
a mug of leftover chicken, pork, beef, ham, anything really, or you could leave it out altogether, say 200g chicken
3 carrots, cut fine, 200g, Asda 59p/kilo, 12p
an onion, sliced fine, 5p
a red or green pepper, cut fine, or use Asda frozen, 500g/£1, 20p
Total of 94p, plus whatever meat you use
the veg can be anything you have, runner beans, shredded cabbage, peas, bean sprouts, whatever you have in and want to use. I tossed in some of my radishes chopped up. I used an onion, a red pepper, carrots, celery, few mushrooms and radish.
you can use any mugful of meat you can lay your hands on, diced paneer or tofu. Or you could even have it plain, there is protein in the peanut butter.
To make the dressing, just mix everything together. It lasts for about a week, or it freezes well, so great to have on standby.
Cook the noodles/spaghetti/whatever and keep warm. Meanwhile cook the carrots in the microwave, or in a saucepan, for a minute or two, to take off the very raw crunch.
Fry the onion until transparent, add a splash of sesame oil if you have any. Add the other vegetables in the order they need to be cooked, and fry until cooked to your liking. A wok would be good for this.
You may need to add a splash of water.
Once the vegetables are cooked, tip in the dressing, warm through and mix with the veg. Push the vegetables to one side in the wok and tip in the noodles etc. Serve immediately.
I was quite surprised how cheaply this has costed up, add £1 worth of chicken/paneer/pork and it would still be 50p each.