I have long been a fan of Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s The Splendid Table and some years ago, I began subscribing to her Weeknight Kitchen. It really is lovely, once a week I get an email with a recipe and some Lynne Food for Thought!

Over the years, she has sent out some wonderfully delicious recipes, and because they are a “Weeknight” meal, they are simple and easy to prepare.

This week’s recipe was no exception, but it was a departure for my usual Cooking Comfort Zone.

Amazingly, I had most of the ingredients in the house and only needed to get a couple of things – another key to her recipes, they are both good and made with ingredients you have in your pantry.

Without further adieu, I present to you Sichuan Pork Noodles.

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili-garlic sauce
  • 1-1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • Salt
  • 1 pound fresh Chinese noodles or linguine (I used linguine, which I had in my pantry)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1. Bring 4 quarts water to boil in large pot. Meanwhile, combine pork, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1-tablespoon soy sauce, and chili-garlic sauce in bowl. In another bowl, whisk broth, peanut butter, oyster sauce, remaining vinegar, and remaining soy sauce.

2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Add pork mixture and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in ginger and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth mixture and simmer until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, add 1 tablespoon salt and noodles to boiling water and cook until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, drain noodles, and return to pot. Add sauce and toss to combine, adding reserved pasta water as needed. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

The flavor was amazing, spiced just perfectly and start to finish prep time to finish was less than 30 minutes, closer to 20 in actuality!

You can find Lynne’s Weeknight Kitchen Recipe’s here.


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