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Easy Sesame Noodles

I have been wanting to try sesame noodles on meatless Monday for awhile.  This week seemed like as good a Monday as any so I put it on the menu.  I’m glad I planned ahead because my Sesame Oil was rancid and I had to pick up some new.  Tip: Oils and spices do have a shelf life, test yours often.

Hubby liked these, and he is not a soy sauce fan, so that’s as good of an endorsement as I can get around here.  I adapted this from a Pioneer Woman recipe – hers was WAYYYY too oily – makes me think there’s a typo somewhere – I actually used a spoon and skimmed out about 4 Tablespoons of oily stuff off the top of the sauce…then I added and adjusted to get just the right flavor.

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Easy Sesame Noodles

Fast, tasty, meat-free - even Vegan!
Author LooksLikeHomemade.com


  • 1 lb spaghetti thin spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, or udon if you have it.
  • 1/3 C. Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced fine
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Ginger minced extremely fine
  • 2 Tbsp + 1 tsp. Seasoned Rice Vinegar or regular if you don't have seasoned
  • 3 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Sriracha - or to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 Tbsp Canola or Vegetable Oil start with 1/2 - then taste - then add more if you want
  • 4 Scallions cleaned & sliced on the bias
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds


  1. Prepare pasta to al dente according to package instructions
  2. While pasta cooks, whisk all of the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl (except the scallions and sesame seeds)
  3. When pasta has a few minutes left, put the sesame seeds in a dry sautee pan and toast - moving them around quite a bit so they don't burn. This will take about 5 minutes - MAX
  4. When pasta is done, drain and put back in hot pot - then dump in the sauce and mix well.
  5. Mix in about 3/4 of the chopped onions and mix well - place in your serving bowl and top with remaining green onions and the toasted sesame seeds.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

AboutCarrie Hill

Carrie Hill is the mother of 2 human children, and 5 fur babies. She has a husband who is a great guy, a good food tester, but a bit of a nut, just like her. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking and baking in her spare time.