Spicy Peanut Noodle Pad Thai with Shrimp

Spicy Peanut Noodles with Shrimp

Yields: 4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups pasta)

Ingredients

  • Peanut sauce:
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/8 t. cayenne
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (can sub chicken pieces)
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 cups cooked thick udon noodles or linguine (8 ounces uncooked)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
  • 3/4 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diagonally cut green onions
  • 3 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
  • 4 lime wedges (optional)

Directions:

  1. To prepare sauce, combine the first 6 ingredients and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir with a whisk.

  2. To prepare the shrimp, toss with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sauté in nonstick skillet coat ed with cooking spray over medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side or until done.

  3. To prepare pasta, combine peanut sauce, shrimp, noodles, bell pepper, cucumber, and onions in a large bowl; toss well. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.