Rainbow Peanut Noodles

February 3, 2014 by Ali

This Rainbow Peanut Noodles recipe is made with whole-wheat pasta, tons of fresh veggies and a peanut sauce that will knock your socks off. This is also a sponsored post from DeLallo.

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You know that feeling when you discover that a friend loves a random passion as much as you do?

Like when I found out that my longtime friend, Sara, not only also loves ballet but knows every word/song/routine from the (uber-cheesy) movie, Center Stage? Or when I discovered that my healthy-eating friend Maureen also allows herself to eat as much Ro*Tel dip as she wants one time a year for the SuperBowl? Or when my friend Liz also confessed to be a diehard egg drop soup fanatic?

Well, I have to say that I’m feeling those warm fuzzies with all of you readers lately, because apparently you too are big fans of one of my favorite culinary delights: rainbow recipes! I mean, it probably should come as no surprise that others also like pretty colorful food, but I was slightly afraid that you might think they were a little over-the-top or better geared towards kids. But it seems that big kids and little kids alike love to “taste the rainbow” as much as I do. And this makes me kind of ridiculously happy.

So after posting this colorful Skinny Taco Salad and Rainbow Flatbread Pizza recipes last month, I’m back today with a rainbow recipe that I absolutely love — Rainbow Peanut Noodles! It’s chocked full of healthy veggies and a tasty homemade peanut sauce. But what’s also notable about this recipe is that it’s made healthier with a brand of whole-wheat pasta that’s actually good. (Yes, you read correctly, I just used whole wheat pasta and good in the same sentence, which is a first for me.) Trust me, you’re gonna love it.

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As a pasta lover and frequent pasta cook, I have to admit that I’ve mostly been cooking with regular ol’ semolina pasta for the past decade. It’s not for a lack of trying all of the various whole-wheat pastas on the market, because I have. In fact, I’ve really really hoped to fall in love with one, especially since I make pasta so often. But in my opinion (take it or leave it), none of the whole wheat pastas I’ve tried have come close to being a good substitute for the real deal. Especially when it comes to the thin noodles, like spaghetti or fettuccine or linguine. I could maybe make an exception for ziti or penne, if I covered them up with tons of sauce, but every bite of the noodles seemed to be a not-so-pleasant reminder that I was eating wheat.

But this past year, I had some friends introduce me to DeLallo pasta, which is now being sold in more and more stores in Kansas City. I was skeptical, but they raved about it so I decided to give it a try for myself.

Holy smokes, friends. It is actually factually good. Even the spaghetti! It’s so good, in fact, that it has made me a whole wheat pasta believer and it’s now all I stock in my pasta cabinet. Sure, it still tastes slightly different than traditional semolina pasta, but the flavor and texture are both great. And it’s authentically made in Italy with only two ingredients — hard duram wheat and spring water — and zero preservatives or additives. I genuinely love and completely recommend it.

So that said, I’m really honored and stoked to be partnering with DeLallo this year as a sponsor on this site. In addition to whole wheat pasta, they have an entire line of authentic Italian foods that range from other delicious pastas (from traditional semolina to gluten-free pastas), to olives, antipasti, sauces, olives and vinegars and more. You all know how much I love good Italian food, so this is going to be so fun!

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But to begin, I’m taking the Italian whole wheat pasta and giving them a bit of an Asian twist with these Rainbow Peanut Noodles!

Oh my goodness — I know you all are kindred spirits when it comes to rainbow recipes. But I’m hoping there are also some of you out there who feel the same way I do about peanut sauce, in that, I could pretty much drink the stuff. So. Flippin’. Good.

I actually posted a Thai Peanut Sauce recipe on the blog a few years ago. But for this one, I decided to sweeten it with honey instead of sugar, to make it just slightly healthier. And I also made it optional to add in some heat, so you can either have it just peanuty or spicy-peanuty.

However you make it, this recipe is simple, chocked full of beautiful fresh veg, made with DeLallo’s healthier whole wheat pasta, and sure to satisfy any peanut sauce cravings. Here’s the how-to!

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Begin by chopping up your “rainbow”. For this one, I decided to just julienne (thinly slice) some red and yellow bell peppers and carrots, an then pair them with edamame, green onions and red cabbage. Feel free to substitute in any other veggies you’d like, but keep in mind that if they are thicker, you may need to adjust the cooking time.

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Begin by making your peanut sauce. All you have to do is combine a handful of ingredients (including the rockstar ingredient — peanut butter). I find it easiest to do so in a blender or food processor, since that PB is so sticky. But you can also just whisk them together in a bowl by hand.

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Then comes the work on the stove. In one pot, bring some water to a boil and add your pasta to begin cooking.

In a separate large saute pan, add some oil and all of your veggies and give them a good saute. I actually like my veggies to still have a tiny bit of “crisp” in this recipe, but you can cook them for as long as you’d like. Feel free to also sub in or add any other colorful ingredients you have on hand.

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Then once the pasta is cooked, add it to your pan of veggies along with the peanut sauce, and toss them all until combined.

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I mean, just look at how pretty that is!

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While the pasta is still hot, transfer it to your serving bowls or plates, and sprinkle it with some toasted sesame seeds, additional chopped scallions and crushed peanuts. Then dive in and enjoy every last bite.

If we have anything in common, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it. Enjoy, friends! :)

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Rainbow Peanut Noodles

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 4-6 servings

Ingredients

    Rainbow Pasta Ingredients:
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat pasta (I used DeLallo whole-wheat linguine)
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and julienned (thinly sliced)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and julienned
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • topping: thinly-sliced scallions (green onions), toasted sesame seeds and chopped peanuts
  • Peanut Sauce Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • (optional) 1 tsp. sriracha hot chili sauce, or more to taste

Method

How To Make The Rainbow Pasta:

Cook pasta al dente in salted pasta water according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, carrots, cabbage, and edamame, and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once the pasta is cooked, drain it, but reserve 1/4 cup pasta water on the side. Add the pasta and peanut sauce to the saute pan of veggies and toss to combine. If the sauce is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of the pasta water until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

Serve immediately, topped with scallions, sesame seeds and peanuts if desired.

How To Make The Peanut Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl by hand. (Alternately: add them to a food processor or blender and pulse to combine.)

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from DeLallo. I am honored to be working with them this year and sharing about their products, but all opinions are 100% my own as always. Thank you for supporting the brands I believe in that also help make this site possible.

filed in Entrees, Pastas

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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54 thoughts on “Rainbow Peanut Noodles

  1. My daughter is allergic to peanuts. Can I just leave them out of the sauce?

    - Lynn Dickerson

    • Peanuts are pretty essential to the sauce. If she is allergic to peanuts, though, I would recommend substituting sunflower seed butter (and topping the noodles with sunflower seeds). Those will still have a similar taste. :)

      - Ali

  2. Hi, This looks amazing and I’m going to bring it to a supper this Saturday. Was wondering if you’ve ever substituted soba noodle for the linguine?

    Thanks!

    - michele

  3. Just made this last night! So easy and delicious!!!! I added shrimp and can’t wait to eat the leftovers! Love your site and recipes. Thanks

    - Stephanie

  4. This is amazing! I found this recipe on Pinterest and am so happy I came across it and your blog! I don’t usually make vegetarian meals but this is so good I can’t wait to make it again! So simple and absolutely delicious!

    - Noga

  5. Oh yum, and what an easy and great way to get more veggies in. I will be making this soon.

    - Ronda

  6. Hi. I have been looking for an easy recipe to take in to my kids’ school for this month’s Asian-themed Teacher Appreciation luncheon. Everything I’ve come across so far, has been a little complicated or consists of foreign ingredients I’ve never heard of. So I’m thrilled to have found yours! Thank you for the picture near the top, showing the bowl of rainbow veggies right next to your recommended pasta. Just seeing that one picture made it seem do-able. I appreciate the visual aids! Can’t wait to make this tomorrow.

    - Heather

  7. This was a great way to get my veggies in! My husband went in for seconds.

    - Cathy

  8. This recipe looks fabulous. Also, I am so excited that DeLallo pasta is used in it! I am from the small town in PA (30 miles outside of Pittsburgh)where the DeLallo Market is located and their Italian products are amazing! It is nice to see other people discovering it!

    I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    - Kristy

  9. OMG – made this for dinner tonight and it was fantastic!

    - J Gola

  10. Thank you for this recipe! I made it last night and we loved it! I did sub brown sugar for honey since I was out of it- delicious!

    - Danielle

  11. This is gorgeous, I love vibrant dishes like this :) and that peanut sauce sounds tasty!!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  12. Okay this one is going on the MUST make list! love peanut sauce anything!

    - Lexie

  13. AHHHH this recipy is TO Delish to handle :) love your blog and im following now.

    Check out my blog today…my all time fav. lasagna recipy :)

    Have a fab week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis – it’s, Swedish for decor :)

    - maria at inredningsvis

  14. This was amazing, the consistency of the sauce was just right and not too peanuty. I didn’t have edamame so I subbed that with snap peas, added a little chicken breast and made it a meal. Yum, thanks for this recipe!

    - Stefanie

  15. So many pretty colours!! I love peanut sauce =)

    - Lisa @ Je suis alimentageuse

  16. I made this tonight and WOW! My fiance and I loved it! We used an additional pepper instead of the cabbage as I wasn’t sure what to do with the rest of the cabbage I didn’t use. We also added chicken – super delish!

    - Kara

  17. this pasta looks so gorgeous and delicious!

    - Mercedes

  18. This is gorgeous! I think at this point of the winter, everyone is craving some colors! I’d love to eat this rainbow!

    - Courtney @ Neighborfood

  19. This is gorgeous. I want to dig in right now. Your photos are beautiful.

    - Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

  20. This is almost too pretty to eat!! But I’d still eat it… Because it looks absolutely delicious, too :)

    - Sues

  21. excuse me while I clean off my laptop screen, I just licked it!

    - Jodi

  22. SO pretty!!! I’m seriously loving all the beautiful colors. And I also have no-so-secret obsession with the movie Center Stage, the final scene dance? Pretty sure I’ve watching it like five hundred times.

    - nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

  23. I would happily eats this every single day. I love peanut sauce and all these colors are just too fun!

    - Tieghan

  24. I love this rainbow recipe and I want to dive right into that bowl!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  25. Have you ever tried Fiber Gourmet pasta? I really like the varieties of pasta, and I use less pasta per serving due to the high fiber content. It tastes better to me than some of the whole wheat pasta I can find in my local grocery store. Thanks so much for the rainbow recipes!

    - Pamela Baker

  26. Love food like this. Can’t wait to try it

    - Kim

  27. The sauce sounds so yummy! Actually all dish :) And it looks so colorful..

    - Medeja

  28. I’ve made it through all of the pretty and delicious rainbow smoothies, pizza, pasta, waffles and even breakfast burrito… patiently awaiting the Rainbow Salsa recipes…

    - Amanda

  29. What a great way to incorporate pasta! It looks delicious! What sort of sauce substitute would recommend if were allergic to peanuts?

    - Tess @ Tips on Healthy Living

  30. This looks beautifully delicious! I bet it could be served cold too, for a potluck party.

    - JennC

  31. Question – I have gobs of your Thai Peanut Sauce hanging out in my freezer – could I sub that sauce in this recipe just so I am not creating more sauce? Also, could you add shredded chicken? This recipe looks so delicious!!

    - Stephanie Hanson

    • And I definitely just realized this peanut sauce recipe may be the exact same one from the thai peanut sauce link…but let me know :-)

      - Stephanie Hanson

  32. Love the colors!!

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

  33. love that pasta and REALLY love peanut sauce. thank you,this looks great!

    - heidi

  34. Gorgeous and delicious!!

    - Kim Henrichs

  35. I love all healthy veggies and the homemade peanut sauce! And you know I love me some pasta! Looks amazing!

    - Paula – bell’alimento

  36. This sounds fantastic and it’s so pretty! I love a good peanut sauce!

    - Alaina {Fabtastic Eats}

  37. Love this recipe! :)

    - DeLallo Foods

  38. That peanut sauce sounds like a DREAM. Peanut sauces and dressings are one of the few things that make practically any vegetable delicious for me. I could eat salads for days with peanut sauce.

    - Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen

  39. Oh my these noodles look delish, Ali! I need a big bowl of this rainbow right now!

    - Sommer @ASpicyPerspective

  40. I’m all about eating the rainbow too! This looks so good. I think my kiddos would love it also. pinning ;)

    - Sheila

  41. Colourful meals like this are the best – love!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  42. I want to eat the rainbow with you!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  43. Saw this on insta the other day and could not wait for the recipe! I love all your “rainbow” creations as they are healthy AND pretty. Peanut sauce is my fav of all time…this looks perfect!
    Gorgeous photos, as always. I love your signature clean, white look!

    - Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness