These 5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles are SO easy, and oh-so good. Thick spaghetti noodles are smothered in a hoisin-based peanut sauce, and tossed with a medley of cabbage and carrots for a delicious meal that comes together in minutes. 

These 5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles are SO easy, and oh-so good. Thick spaghetti noodles are smothered in a hoisin-based peanut sauce, and tossed with a medley of cabbage and carrots for a delicious meal that comes together in minutes. 

5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles

It’s five-ingredient Friday, and I’m pretty excited about. I’m also excited because peanut noodles are by far, one of my favorite Asian dishes to eat, so the fact that we’ve simplified a notoriously ingredient-heave recipe down to just five measly ingredients is reason to celebrate. 

The five ingredients in our 5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles are as follows: 

  • thick spaghetti
  • hoisin sauce
  • peanut butter
  • a bag of coleslaw mix (cabbage + carrots + red cabbage)
  • sesame oil

When it comes to creating recipes with minimal ingredients, the key is to use ingredients that have complex flavors and are multipurpose. Here, hoisin sauce does just that since the makeup of ingredients includes several key Asian ingredients, such as soy sauce, peanut butter, rice vinegar, brown sugar, miso, and garlic. Pre-packaged coleslaw serves the same purpose with a trifecta of veggies (carrots, cabbage, and red cabbage), plus it also cuts out a lot of the work since all the vegetable are shredded prior. 

 

5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles

How to make 5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles

  • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season liberally with salt. 
  • As the water comes to a boil, heat a large skillet to a medium heat. Add coleslaw mix. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add noodles to the pot and cook until they are aldente. 
  • While the noodles cook, continue to cook the veggies and then add hoisin, peanut butter, and water to a medium bowl. Set aside. 
  • Once the noodles are cooked, use tongs to add them to the coleslaw mixture, reserve cooking water. Add sauce. Toss to combine. If needed, add more pasta water to loosen sauce up. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
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5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles

Substitutions and Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success

  • Even though the recipe won’t technically be five ingredients anymore, feel free to add sautéed chicken, shrimp or beef to the mix. 
  • Swap out any type of vegetable for the coleslaw. Snow peas, water chestnuts, red peppers, or baby corn would be great substitutions. 
  • If you can find lo main noodles, use those! Soba noodles or even whole-wheat spaghetti would also work great. 

Do they Reheat Well? 

YES! They are SO good the next day, but they’re also really great cold or served at room temp. 

Where can I find hoisin sauce? 

You should be able to find hoisin sauce at any grocery store. It’s always in the Asian isle. 

What to serve with 5-Ingredient Noodles 

5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles

5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles

5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These 5-Ingredient Peanut Noodles are SO easy, and oh-so good. Thick spaghetti noodles are smothered in a hoisin-based peanut sauce, and tossed with a medley of cabbage and carrots for a delicious meal that comes together in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil, divided
  • 16 oz. bag coleslaw mix (cabbage, carrots, red cabbage)
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3/4 lb. thick spaghetti
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup water

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Season liberally with salt.
  2. Heat a large skillet to a medium heat. Add two teaspoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add the coleslaw mix and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. While the veggies cook, add pasta to water. Cook until aldente. Reserve cooking liquid.
  4. While the pasta cooks, add hoisin, peanut butter, water and remaining sesame oil to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.
  5. Once the noodles are cooked, use tongs to transfer them to the veggies. Add sauce and toss to combine. If necessary, add a little bit of pasta water to loosen the sauce up. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, room temperature or cold.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 483 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 20g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 825mg Carbohydrates: 54g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 19g Protein: 10g
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