Korean Sesame Noodles with Roasted Broccolini
Yes I know what you are thinking, Korean sesame noodles? Aren’t sesame noodles Chinese? Well yes they are! But in my kitchen there are no rules when it comes to maximizing flavor and making a dish that is good even better. That is the case with these sesame noodles. I always loved sesame noodles made in the traditional way because it is quick and easy and very tasty but I always thought it needed a bit more. That is why I decided to add a special ingredient to the mix called gochujang (wow spell check just went crazy as I wrote that) which is a Korean chili paste. Now I am not one for buying special items for a dish and usually prefer to make my own blends but this paste is extremely versatile (great on veggies and meats) and it is made with such unusual ingredients that I just wouldn’t have on hand. It is really worth the purchase and if your grocery store’s Asian section doesn’t have it, Whole foods store will for sure!
Trust me and give this a try because it is so amazing!
[lt_recipe name=”Korean Sesame Noodles with Roasted Broccolini” servings=”4-6″ prep_time=”10M” cook_time=”15M” total_time=”30M” difficulty=”easy” print=”yes” image=”http://keepingitsimpleblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Korean-sesame-noodles-with-roasted-Broccolini-225×300.jpg” ingredients=”12 ounces,1 box of thin spaghetti, Cooked And Drained;;For pasta sauce:;;1/4 cup Soy Sauce;4 cloves Garlic, Minced;2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar;3 Tablespoons Pure Sesame Oil;1 tbsp of gochujang chili paste ;4 Tablespoons Canola Oil;4 whole Green Onions, Sliced Thin (optional as a garnish);;For Broccolini:;;2 heads of Broccolini cleaned and about 2 inches of the ends removed (if you can’t find this then 1 head of broccoli will be fine);;1 tsp of rice wine vinegar;;1 tbsp of olive oil;;a pinch of salt;;1 tbsp of gochujang chili paste” ]Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, add all of the ingredients for the broccolini sauce (gochujang, olive oil, salt and rice wine vinegar) and mix well. Place your broccolini in the bowl and toss it around in the sauce making sure to coat it all. Now place your broccolini on a baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes until it is cooked and begins to caramelize.;Next, in a large bowl, add all of your ingredients for the pasta sauce except for the green onions. Mix well.;When your pot of water comes to a boil, salt it and add your pasta and cook according to the manufacturers instructions for al dente, usually 4-5 minutes. When ready, reserve 1 cup of your pasta water and drain your pasta. Add it to your bowl with the sauce and toss well. If it looks dry, add some pasta water and toss again. Remove the broccolini from the oven. Scoop out your pasta into individual bowls and place the broccolini on top of the pasta. With a spoon, scoop up remaining sauce from your large bowl and drizzle that over your broccolini and pasta. If using green onions for a garnish add them. Enjoy![/lt_recipe]