Have you tried a “hungerpot” recipe yet? I think they’re pretty amazing: you just dump all the ingredients into a pot and turn on the heat. Ten to twenty minutes later it is all cooked and ready to eat! So cool!
I tried this pasta with peanut sauce recipe a few weeks ago and though it was pretty bland and unremarkable, I thought it had potential. A few tweaks later and it was delicious! Both kids loved it and Petey even had seconds!
The biggest changes I made were the additions of shrimp and more veggies. I also used fish sauce, left out some of the liquid and chilli flakes, and forgot to add the tamarind paste (which it didn’t need in the end). Here’s my version:
-3/4 of a package of 500 ml linguini noodles (approximately 12oz)
-1000 ml water (approximately 4 cups)
-2 chicken or veg bullion cubes
-half a small spoonful of brown sugar (less than 1 tablespoon)
-4 garlic cloves thinly sliced
-decent splash of soy sauce (1 tablespoon)
-small splash of fish sauce (less than 1 tablespoon)
–150 grams (1 cup) roasted, unsalted peanuts (They do soften a bit when they’re cooked, but you should still leave them out for kids who don’t yet eat nuts)
-prawns/shrimp (I used a 235 g bag from Waitrose, but it looked to be about 2 cups if measured)
-1 large carrot, sliced (I took an easy route and used pre-cut carrots)
-1 large red bell pepper sliced into strips and then cut in half
-three baby aubergines (eggplant) in bite size pieces
-1/4 to 1/2 head of broccoli (I didn’t add this, but I will next time!)
-any other veg that sounds yummy (green beans, courgette/zucchini, etc.)
-3 green onions sliced from tip to tip to reveal the centre of the onion, and then cut into bite size pieces
-1 big spoonful of peanut butter (approximately 1/4 cup)
garnish: fresh cilantro, fresh lime wedges, chopped peanuts, and some red pepper flakes or hot sauce (I like Sriracha) for grownups.
Place all of your ingredients (aside from garnish) in a pot. (IG tip: nicely placing all the ingredients in the pot before mixing them makes for a pretty picture!) Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer and stir every few minutes. Cook until the pasta is ready (10-20 minutes). Be sure to taste the sauce to be sure it is seasoned correctly before serving. Add salt to taste.
I’d love for you to try the recipe and respond below with your thoughts, suggestions, alterations, etc!