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Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles With Green Beans

Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles With Green Beans 4.000

Scott Suchman for The Washington Post; food styling by Lisa Cherkasky for The Washington Post

Jun 16, 2021

An easy pantry-friendly peanut sauce is the star of this recipe. Chili-garlic sauce adds just enough spice for a pleasant tingle. Soba noodles have a delightful nuttiness that complements the sauce, but you could use any thin noodle in its place (see NOTES). Saute the frozen or canned green beans before mixing with the sauce and noodles for a quick vegan meal.

Total time: 20 mins

Make Ahead: The sauce can refrigerated for up to 1 week. The noodles can be cooked, refreshed with cold water and tossed with a bit of neutral oil, and then refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Storage Notes: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Where to Buy: Soba noodles, chili-garlic sauce and rice vinegar can be found in well-stocked supermarkets, Asian markets or online.


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Tested size: 4 servings; about 6 cups

  • 8 ounces soba noodles (see NOTES)
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce (see NOTES)
  • 2 tablespoons plain rice vinegar (see NOTES)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 10 ounces frozen cut green beans, thawed or one (14.5-ounce) can cut green beans, drained
  • Fine salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Chopped roasted peanuts, for serving


Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to the package instructions; do not overcook. Drain and rinse thoroughly under cold running water to stop the cooking. Thoroughly drain again.

While the noodles are cooking, in a medium bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, water, chili-garlic sauce, rice vinegar and soy sauce or tamari until combined; set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the green beans, season with a pinch of salt and a sprinkle of black pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the green beans start to brown in spots, 5 to 7 minutes; remove from the heat.

Add the drained soba noodles and peanut sauce to the green beans and toss to combine. Taste and season with more salt and/or pepper, if needed. Transfer to a large platter or individual bowls and sprinkle with some chopped peanuts before serving.


If you don’t have soba noodles, try another thin noodle, such as vermicelli rice noodles or angel hair pasta.

Sriracha also works well in this recipe, or you could try it with whatever hot sauce you have on hand.

You can use another mild vinegar, such as apple cider or white wine, in place of the rice vinegar.

Recipe Source

From Voraciously staff writer Aaron Hutcherson.

Tested by Aaron Hutcherson and Jim Webster.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1 1/2 cups), based on 4: 482

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 24g 37%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 923mg 38%

Total Carbohydrates: 55g 18%

Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%

Sugar: 4g

Protein: 18g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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