Pasta with Szechwan Peanut Dressing

Course : Chinese
Serves: 5
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Ingredients:

8 ounces pasta -- (preferably linguine)
2 cups broccoli florets
-----Szechwan peanut dressing-----
1/3 cup peanut butter -- (smooth/chunky)
1/2 cup hot vegetable stock or water
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons safflower oil
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon dry crushed red pepper
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 bunch scallion -- (opt), chopped
 

Preparation / Directions:

Bring large pot of water to boil; cook pasta until al dente. While pasta is cooking, steam broccoli florets. In a med mixing bowl, whisk together peanut butter and stock or water until smooth. Stir in remaining dressing ingredients. When pasta is done, drain well. Pour sauce over pasta; toss to coat well. Add broccoli and tomatoes; toss again. Garnish with chopped scallions. VARIATIONS: - Add more red pepper to taste. - Try Szechwan Peanut Dressing as a warm topping on steamed vegetables, especially on green beans, broccoli, or cauliflower. - Make extra dressing to refrigerate and serve later on chilled steamed green beans or broccoli.


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