|Ziti with Spicy Peanut Shrimp|
Jul 7th, 2004
Here's a really good, easy recipe that I got from the blog An Invitation to the Barbecue. The author tweaked it a bit, but the original recipe is from Cooking Light.
Anyway, I usually don't like recipes that substitute Italian pasta for Asian noodles - if they recommend using spaghetti for cold sesame noodles instead of rice noodles, I'm out of there. That's just nasty - but this is good. I think the round tube pastas have a bit more chewiness to them that matches up well with the fairly dry sauce. I served this with young zucchini, sliced in matchsticks, and sauteed in a bit of oil.
Also, I was a bit hesitant about the veggies in this dish - carrots, onions, spinach - but really, they're key. Just be sure to cut the carrots into really small matchsticks, and they provide a nice amount of sweetness and crunch. And the spinach soaks up the spicy sauce to an amazing degree. Some chopped cilantro and red pepper flakes sprinkled on top before serving aren't a bad idea either.