A staple of Thai cuisine, peanut sauce is added to everything from dips to meats. Here, it is used to enhance the flavor of a noodle and shrimp dish.
- 4 teaspoons minced ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon chili paste, divided
- 1/2 cup natural style peanut butter
- 1 cup lower sodium nonfat chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound linguine
- 2 red peppers, cut in thin strips
- 1 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
- 1 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
- 2 carrots, shredded with a vegetable peeler
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a saucepan. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, ¼ teaspoon of the chili paste, peanut butter, chicken broth and salt and cook, stirring, until the peanut butter is dissolved. Simmer over low heat for 7 minutes, or until thick and smooth.
- Meanwhile, cook the linguine in plenty of lightly salted boiling water until al dente. Just before draining, add the red pepper strips and sugar snaps to the pasta. Drain and toss with the sauce.
- Toss shrimp with remaining ¼ teaspoon of chili paste.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of peanut oil to a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium high. Add the shrimp and cook 2 minutes per side, or until pink.
- Combine the shrimp, carrot, and cilantro with the pasta and toss thoroughly.