One Pot Wonder Thai Style Peanut Pasta Recipe

One Pot Thai Pasta

Take a trip to Thailand in just one pot!

After discovering the One Pot Wonder technique for cooking pasta, I admit I am a bit obsessed with making new versions of this stunningly simple pasta dish with a silky smooth sauce.

And so, food fans, after dozens of pots o’ pasta – yes, I do sacrifice for my art – I present this One Pot Wonder 2.0 Thai Style Peanut version.

I love the flavors of a great Pad Thai, so I decided to throw all those flavors in a pot with linguine pasta instead of rice stick noodles, the classic Pad Thai noodle.

I added veggies that I love in Thai cuisine, and a scoop of peanut butter to melt into the sauce. The sauce that develops is rich and creamy due to the peanut butter. And the whole dish is a symphony of Thai flavors. Do put this on your Must Try List!

Just a few notes: the photo above has parsley, but I would normally use cilantro – just didn’t have any on hand when I made this one – parsley works, but cilantro is better, IMHO. And, chopped cilantro, mung bean sprouts, chopped peanuts and a squeeze of fresh lime on top of each plate full complete this dish and make it more authentic. I added some sliced chunks of ginger and some sliced limes that you need to fish out before serving. ((Also, I did not use fish sauce in this recipe to make it vegan, but if you like using this classic Asian sauce used in traditional Pad Thai, it adds a pungent note.))

Thai Peanut Pasta Recipe - AFTER

Thai Peanut Pasta Recipe – AFTER

 — posted by Donna

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One Pot Pasta BEFORE

One Pot Wonder Pasta – BEFORE

Once in awhile a dish comes along and stuns you and makes you rethink the way you cook. This miracle throw-everything-in-a-pot pasta dish has done that for me.

You literally throw in all the ingredients for this dish – including the uncooked pasta – and then Flame On! You cook it all together and DO NOT DRAIN the pasta. You just cook it up and starch leaches out of the pasta and makes a rich, warm sauce for the noodles. The other ingredients cook right along  with the pasta. The tastes and textures of this dish are shockingly good. And the “sauce” made by the starch from the pasta combining with the reduced vegetable broth is truly remarkable.

I started with the idea from a photo I saw in this months’s Martha Stewart Living magazine, but I added some things to make this recipe my own and that I think make the dish even better: some crumbled oregano leaves and a little olive oil for richness. And Oh Yes! – I used vegetable broth, not water and salt as called for in the recipe. I used regular vegetable broth, not a low-sodium version, and this was the perfect seasoning for the pasta.

I was so nervous about cooking the linguine right with the other ingredients, but I took a leap of faith. This dish is a revelation, and I’ll make it again and again.

NOTE: This recipe and new technique just scream out for experimentation by passionate cooks, so please feel free to tweak as desired, and come back and let us know your favorite version(s)!

Happy Meatless Monday, all!

One Pot Pasta AFTER

One Pot Wonder Pasta – AFTER

— posted by Donna

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