We’re mad huge fans of one-pot meals over here at our house. Ever since I first discovered that you can make spaghetti with the sauce, toppings, and everything in a single boiling mixture, I’ve gone cuckoo for simple stovetop cooking.
Most one-pot meals are Italian in origin. You can make simple linguine or lasagna. But, sometimes we want something a little spicier. A little sweeter. And so, we conjured this fun recipe for 5-Ingredient, One-Pot Spicy Asian Noodles. And you are going to love them.
Simple and delicious, the basic recipe for this meal is wildly easy. Pop pasta in a pot with water and a simple sauce, boil until tender, toss in a few toppings, and boom. Dinner is served. Don’t possibly believe in the existence of such wonderful dinnertime stuff? I took pictures to prove it.
Scroll on down for a step-by-step walkthrough and I’ll show you just how easy this delicious recipe is.
Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients
You’ll need a half-pack of spaghetti noodles. Since we’re gluten-free, I used brown rice noodles. But really any will do. No need to hit the Asian section of your grocer. Plain, old spaghetti pasta works splendidly.
Step 2: Put Pasta, Sauce & Water in a Pot
And that is seriously it. Just plop everything in there. Cover if you please, or don’t. Then turn on the stove and let it all come to a boil over high heat. Once it’s boiling, turn your mixture down to medium and stir every two minutes or so until tender.
Step 3: Stir in the Toppings
Once the sauce is thickened and the noodles are al dente, toss in your green onions, chopped chicken, and chopped peanuts. Then grab some tongs and give your pasta a good stir to evenly disburse all of the ingredients throughout the pot.
Step 4: Serve
Drizzle a little Sriracha, if you please. Garnish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or even cilantro if you’re feeling fancy. No matter what you do, run to the kitchen and grab a fork or chopsticks, then dive in and eat.
Mom Note: Wondering what my tots thought of this dish? The youngest picky eater thought it was “too spicy.” If you’ve got tender-palated little people in your house, try making this dish without Sriracha, then let the adults add on top as desired.
All of the other three kiddos in my house stood over me, breathing heavily and begging for a taste, “Can I jump right in the pot?” asked my resident ramen lover. After I assured him there would be no swimming in the noodles, he grabbed a fork and spun the noodles round and round, then popped them in his mouth. “Mmmmmm! Soooo goooood! This is better than pizza!” he exclaimed. Which, I’m thinking is a win-win for both of us, since this is so much faster than waiting for the pizza delivery man to arrive.
5-Ingredient, One-Pot Spicy Asian Noodles
Makes: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
8 ounces dried spaghetti noodles (we used brown rice noodles)
4 cups water
1 cup peanut sauce (store-bought or homemade, see recipe below)
3 green onions, finely diced
1-2 grilled or cooked chicken breasts, chopped
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
Optional garnish: fresh chopped cilantro, Sriracha, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, fresh lime slices
1. Place spaghetti, water, and peanut sauce in a large pot. Bring water to a boil over high heat.
2. As soon as the water is boiling, turn the heat down to medium and stir the pasta every 2-3 minutes.
3. Cook until the sauce begins to thicken and the pasta becomes tender, about 15 minutes total.
4. Toss in green onions, chicken, and peanuts, if desired. Stir to coat.
5. Serve and enjoy!
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon Sriracha (optional)
1. Stir together until smooth. Serve and enjoy!
Note: if your family isn’t a fan of spicy foods, feel free to omit the Sriracha in this recipe.