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Sesame Noodles with Napa Cabbage

This easy dish is equally good hot or cold, and leftovers make a great take-along lunch.



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3 Tbs. reduced-fat peanut butter
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2 Tbs. roasted sesame oil
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2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
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2 Tbs. sherry or mirin (rice wine)
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1 Tbs. rice vinegar
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1 Tbs. sugar
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¼ tsp. red pepper flakes or ½ tsp. chile sauce
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10 oz. long noodles, such as udon or spaghetti
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½ lb. napa cabbage, shredded (about 4 cups)
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¼ cup chopped cilantro


  1. Whisk together peanut butter, sesame oil, soy sauce, sherry, vinegar, sugar and red pepper flakes in saucepan.
  2. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, place cabbage in colander over sink. Warm sauce over medium-low heat.
  4. Drain noodles over cabbage in colander to wilt cabbage. Transfer noodles and cabbage to serving bowl, add sauce, and toss until combined.
  5. Sprinkle with cilantro, and serve.

Nutrition Information: 

15 g
Total Fat: 
13 g
Saturated Fat: 
2 g
59 g
553 mg
5 g
7 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

Very tasty. I added diced sweet potato to the recipe and used almond butter instead of peanut butter.

I have made this over and over again. It is fantastic. I don't usually use the cilantro and I usually serve it room temp. But every time I make it my family loves it! The one thing I might change this go round - my reduced fat PB has partially hydrogenated oil in it - I'm going to try it with a natural PB this time to see how it works out

added scallions and used Trader Joe's all natural peanut butter.. worked just fine!

Wanting to make this but wondering if the peanut butter needs to be unsalted?

I am not impressed with this recipe...the cabbage more than "wilts" and is limp and cooked, and it is basically just pasta and cabbage. I would add more veggies--peppers, green onions, etc.--and make more sauce because there isn't enough for the noodles + cabbage.

Do the sauce ingredients (PB, oil, soy sauce, etc.) need to be heated up and cooked before adding to the noodles? Or, do they just need to be mixed together.