One Pan Peanut Butter Pasta Noodles

We all know pasta is just about the easiest thing ever to make, but I've been curious about this one-pan method by Martha Stewart.  Apparently, if you make it in a shallow bit of water, you cut down on cooking time and have one less thing to clean.  There are all sorts of recipes on the internet since that post went viral a few years ago.  Since I probably make peanut butter noodles once a week, I decided to try my version of that.

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The first time I did this, I used soba noodles (my go-to for peanut butter pasta).  However, cooked this way, it gets waaaay to gummy and clumpy.  You're going to want to use a spaghetti or linguini, since they require the longer cooking time needed to absorb the water.  Plus, the pan ingredients are constantly being tossed around, so you need a tough pasta.

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Look alive and make sure you're constantly moving that pan around!  You can also use a pot to cook it, but I think it looks nicer served straight from the skillet.  It tastes great hot, but will still be delicious served cold the next day.  Add some rotisserie chicken or tofu, some wilted greens, and you've got a really quick and easy dinner.


One Pan Peanut Butter Pasta Noodles

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Linguini or Spaghetti

  • 3 1/2 cups water

  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic (or rice) vinegar

  • 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter

  • 4 scallions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients except the scallions and sesame seeds in your pan. If the pasta doesn't fit your pan, break it in half. I used a 10.5 inch stainless steel skillet.

  2. Turn the heat to medium high. When the water comes to a boil, set the timer for 9 minutes. 

  3. Every 30 seconds or so, use tongs or a pair of chopsticks to break up the peanut butter and stir the noodles around. Make sure they don't stick to the bottom of the pan.

  4. When most of the water is absorbed and the noodles are peanut buttery, turn the heat off, and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds. 

Taiwan: Culinary Exhibition in Taipei and Formosa Pearl

This meal and trip are hosted.

We're here in Taiwan!!!  After a 13 hour flight on China Airlines we arrive in Taipei at 9pm and go straight to bed.  I'm kinda obsessed with the "magic wall" in The Novotel's bathroom.

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I was up earlier than the sun; we checked out the hotel's huge breakfast buffet, which had everything from Pancakes and Trix Cereal to Noodles and Xifan (congee).  Abe had the latter...

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...I stuck to a very simple breakfast of fresh fruit, since I knew we had a lot of eating ahead of us!

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First stop - The Taiwan Culinary Exhibition, inside the Taipei World Trade Center.

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Since 1989, this event showcases the food and culture of Taiwan.  We sampled a whole bunch of goodies...

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...and stopped to admire the rest.

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Exhausted after walking around for a few hours.  There was a lot to see, plus a touch of jet lag.

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Next, we headed over to the nearby Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest skyscrapers.

You can ride all the way up to the top (which we did) but inside is a ginormous luxury mall, reminiscent of Las Vegas.

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On the first floor, Din Tai Fung!

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We've been to the ones in Los Angeles many times, but it was exciting to eat their famous soup dumplings in the city where they were born.

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As you can see, there was an insane amount of food ordered...and a lot of leftover dumplings.

Just a few hours later, we hopped in our tour bus, east to Yilin - and it was time to eat again!

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Formosa Pearl is one of the country's finest restaurants, focusing on Kaiseki Cuisine.

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No, we're not doing homework - we're writing postcards!  The restaurant offers to send them to any address in the world.  And if you're wondering what the calligraphy on the scroll in the middle is, that's the evening's menu - chef's choice.

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Eight courses!  Starting with Scallops and Pickled Radishes...

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...Shrimp, Sea Urchin, Sashimi... Grilled Red Throat Fish with Popcorn on the Stem...

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...Giant Prawns and Local Fresh Figs...

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...Mutton with Fish Sauce...

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...Toasted Nori filled with fried fish roe, yogurt, and rice noodles...

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(hand-rolled by candlelight)

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...Taro Balls in broth filled with mushroom, topped with Mochi, Crab, and Edamame...

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...and finally - Lotus Ice Cream on top of Passion Fruit gelee, with a milk chocolate fan.

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I know you're wondering about what my husband ate - not to worry - Abe enjoyed 8 special vegetarian courses as well, including this Golden Apple.  As in real, edible Gold on top.

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As bad as I felt to only take a bite of everything, I knew I'd feel even worse if I overate.  I made a promise to myself before this trip that I would pace myself.   I don't want to get sick - we've still got another five days of this left!

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Follow along on social media with the hashtags #LynninTaiwan or #ItsonTaiwan where Gigi, Tara, and I are posting up a storm.


This trip is being sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Board.  All opinions are on my own.

***UPDATE - You can watch my videos from Taiwan on my YouTube Page***

Rest in Peace

You could say we're a little exhausted here.

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After yesterday's overwhelming Sunday Service, we had one final, formal Memorial for my father, at the church my mother attends. As I mentioned before, the Deacon was my high school play director and his very personal speech really put me at peace with not only everything that's happened over the last few weeks, but questions I've had for the last few years about life.

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Once my Dad was safely home...

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…with the rest of the family...

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…we took everyone out for the Repast Meal.

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No fried noodles for me, but Lotus Cafe has always been one of my family's go-to Chinese restaurants in Bergen County.

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Started off with a piece of Moo Shoo dipped in sauce...

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…Sweet Filet of Sole with Pine Nuts...

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…Crispy Duck...

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…Kung Pao Chicken...

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…Beef with Sauteed Greens...

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…Shrimp with Peas...

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…and Tofu with Vegetables.

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The latter was the only vegetarian option, so we got Abe his own special dish as well.

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Along with my pancake pork appetizer, I ate all of this...

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…and left my (chocolate!!!) cookie alone. But I did like my fortune.

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And then, it was over.

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R.I.P. Baba.

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