Pasta Supply Gets Help

If yours is like most households in America, you have a healthy supply of pasta stashed in your pantry. Ever wish you could think of something to do with all that pasta other than topping it with tomato sauce? Here are a couple of my favorite noodle dishes that I am sure will please your family and wallet, too.

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Noodles with Peanut Sauce
Here is a yummy noodle dish with an Asian-Thai flair that is so kid-friendly even your pickiest eaters will love it.
  • 8 ounces udon noodles (okay to substitute spaghetti or angel hair pasta)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root or ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1-2 teaspoons hot chili paste (less, or omit according to taste)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Cook noodles or pasta in large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain.
  2. If adding, chicken, sauté chicken in olive oil while noodles are cooking.
  3. In a medium saucepan combine broth, ginger, soy sauce, peanut butter, honey, chili paste (as desired) and garlic.
  4. Cook over medium heat until peanut butter melts and the mixture is fully incorporated and heated through.
  5. Stir in half and half.
  6. Add noodles and sautéed chicken and toss to coat.
  7. Garnish with green onions and peanuts.

Apple Noodle Kugel
Serves: 20
While most often served as a dessert, this kugel also makes a tasty side dish. Either way, it’s a winner and a perfect use for egg noodles.
  • 1 16-ounce package wide egg noodles
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • ½ cup sour cream (fat-free okay)
  • 6 eggs (or 1½ cups egg substitute)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces chunky applesauce
  • ¼ cup raisins (optional)
  • Topping:
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook noodles 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Add raisins during the last few minutes of cooking to allow them to plump. Drain noodles and raisins.
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter, sour cream, eggs, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract and applesauce until well incorporated. Stir in drained noodles and raisins and pour into prepared dish.
  3. To make the topping: Mix together graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar until it looks like large crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over top of noodle mixture. Sprinkle top with cinnamon. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower oven to 325 F and continue baking for an additional 45 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting, and serve warm.

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  • Jo

    I just had to pass the pasta with peanut sauce recipe to my 24yo daughter. She made a “concoction” of her own, but this is a step up with added ingredients. I did tell her to go easy on the ground ginger, should she use it in lieu of the gingerroot. I learned the hard way that the spice can be overpowering if using a heavy hand. Like curry, a little goes a long way.

    She works for Americorps on a project to help rebuild a town that was flattened by a tornado. For her safety I will not divulge the town where she is working, but she’s also volunteered to get involved in helping rebuild NJ hit by Sandy. She loves doing community-type work and hopes to get further involved with non-profit organizations. Anyways, I look forward to hearing back from her to see if she did indeed attempt to make the recipe.

  • bobbi

    canned goods. My local Fry’s store has a section of reduced things-I get some cereals with dented boxes, or lots of dented cans of soups/veggies/fruits. and for half price. Now the Christmas items are on sale-including Kleenex for .49 a box!

  • Kathy

    Way too many tortilla chips and crackers to go with all the cheeses, dips, and salsa that my family loves. Definitely time for some better eating habits in the new year!

  • chirping

    I am definately a fan of less is more; easy/healthy dish for pasta: throw in any fresh vegetables that are lingering in the fridge (either steamed or raw); any frozen or canned vegetables are OK too; or left over meat cut into bite size pieces . Toss with just enough paramasan cheese, salsa; chili; or salad dressing for taste. Can be served hor or cold. You may be surprised how yummy those left overs will taste!

  • So have you made this pasta with peanut sauce yet? It is so scrumptious and yes … toss a few sesame seeds at the end even tho that is not a state ingredient. It’s optional. Going to go make some right now since I can’t stop thinking about it 🙂

  • Angela

    I used Angie’s list to complete a survey on flooring we put in our condo so hoping that helped other since that was almost 15 years ago and not much to choose from to get this type of information. Glad there is now doctors list since will be moving soon and will be looking for new physicians/hospital