Peanut Noodles with Pork

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Kosher salt

12 ounces Chinese chow mein noodles or spaghetti

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2 carrots, shredded (about 3/4 cup)

1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (remove seeds for less heat)

1 bunch scallions, chopped (white and green parts separated)

1 bunch scallions, chopped (white and green parts separated) 

1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

12 ounces ground pork

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain. Whisk the peanut butter, vinegar, 2 tablespoons each water and soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, the carrots and half of the jalapeno in a large bowl. Add the noodles and toss to coat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites, ginger and garlic; cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the pork and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce.
  3. Transfer the pork mixture to the bowl with the noodles. Add half of the scallion greens and cilantro and toss to coat, adding enough of the reserved pasta water to loosen. Serve topped with the remaining jalapeno, scallion greens and cilantro.