Quick and Easy Sesame Noodles

Asian, Pasta, Vegetarian | 45 comments

I have had this recipe for Sesame Noodles bookmarked for a few weeks now. They looked so fresh and easy, great for a school night dinner when our schedules are a bit more rushed. I finally got around to making it last week, which was timely because I had a bottle of Nakano Red Pepper Rice Vinegar to taste and this was a perfect recipe to test it out in.


I normally buy plain Rice Vinegar, so it was a nice change to use something more flavored. I liked the little bit of zip the Red Pepper flavor added to the Sesame Noodles and it make making the dressing that much quicker. I can see that Nakano Rice Vinegars would have a variety of uses. I’ve never tried it before now, but a while back I was out to dinner with some friends for a baby shower and a friend actually pulled a bottle of this out of her purse to use on her salad instead of the high fat, high calorie restaurant salad dressing. I bet it would be great in marinades too.


You definitely have to try these Sesame Noodles. It is such a fast meal to prepare! I made them late in the afternoon and kept them in the refrigerator while I went to pick Logan up from school and until it was dinner time. The whole recipe, photography, and clean up took about 30 minutes. I did buy pre-cut matchstick carrots (they were on sale) and that did make it a little easier. I’m glad to have another fast recipe for crazy school nights! If you’re willing to put a little more effort into it, I have a hunch that this Lemongrass Shrimp would be delicious tossed in.


Quick and Easy Sesame Noodles

adapted from Aggie's Kitchen

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12 ounces spaghetti
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons Nakano Red Pepper Rice Vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated on a microplane
1 bunch of scallions, sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 red bell peppers, sliced thin
1/4 piece of red cabbage head, sliced thin
1-2 large handfuls matchstick cut carrots
1 1/2 cup shelled frozen edamame
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds


Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, rinse under cold water.

To make dressing, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar, and ginger. Prepare all the vegetables as directed and toss with the dressing, then combine with pasta. Top with sesame seeds. Serve cold. Salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Serves 4-6.


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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    azbaby24 - August 23, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    To use the rice vinegar on an avacado to keep it from browning and adding some flavor. Good tip instead of using lemon/lime juice.


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    azbaby24 - August 23, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    Already a fan on facebook.


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    Life In The Klaas Lane - August 23, 2010 @ 7:39 pm

    Already a FB fan


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    Life In The Klaas Lane - August 23, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

    I love using it in meat marinades and sauces


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    Anonymous - August 23, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    I liked the idea of sprinkling the Red Pepper Rice Vinegar on grilled fish. Living in Alaska we grill salmon regularly. I'm always looking for new ideas to keep my salmon recipes light and yummy. Carol/


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    Anonymous - August 23, 2010 @ 8:23 pm

    I liked the idea of mixing it with mayo and dijon for a sandwich spread….yum!amy(at)amyticedesign(dot)com


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    Kristine - August 23, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    Yum… stir Roasted Garlic into BBQ baked beans. Bet that would be yummy!


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    Kristine - August 23, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

    Fan of yours on FB!


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    stephanie - August 23, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    ohh this one looks good to me –Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar, quick lunch salad — toss with leftover pasta or rice, shredded carrots, sliced cucumbers, and toasted almonds.


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    stephanie - August 23, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

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    stephanie - August 23, 2010 @ 10:38 pm

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    Anonymous - August 24, 2010 @ 4:00 am

    I would like to try the Balsamic Blend on some fresh fruit…Pears, I think. That sounds tasty.stafford17(at)marshall(dot)eduMegan


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    JC - August 24, 2010 @ 4:21 am

    This one sounds yummy- Use as a tangy base for tomato-based barbecue sauces.


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    JC - August 24, 2010 @ 4:21 am

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    JC - August 24, 2010 @ 4:21 am

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    Dana - August 24, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    We really like Pan fried the tip to use 1/3 cup NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar Roasted Garlic or Original on them sounds great!


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    Dana - August 24, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    I am a fan of goodLife {eats} on FacebookDana J


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    Dana - August 24, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    I am a fan of Nakano on Facebook.Dana J


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    Liz - August 24, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    I've never tried their Italian Herb Seasoned Red Wine Vinegar, but I like the idea of splashing some on salads as a tasty dressing.


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    Liz - August 24, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    I'm your fan on facebook


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    MamaFeelgood - August 24, 2010 @ 8:02 pm

    Basil & Oregano Seasoned Rice Vinegar-Splash on fresh tomato slices


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    MamaFeelgood - August 24, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

    I'm a fan on facebook


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    We Are Not Martha - August 25, 2010 @ 1:47 pm

    I love sesame noodles, but have never actually made my own. I really need to get my mom's recipe because I remember it being just amazing. Yours look so fresh and delicious!Sues


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    Amy from She Wears Many Hats - August 25, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

    Tasty! Any kind of noodle combo is alright by me. Good tip about carrying flavored rice wine vinegar for salad dressing. I'm gonna try to remember that.


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    Maria - August 25, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    This is my kind of meal!


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    Tasty Eats At Home - August 25, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    What a delicious looking meal. I could slurp these any day.


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    pajamachef - August 25, 2010 @ 7:00 pm

    love the idea of using the basil & oregano in a creamy sauce. what flavor!


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    pajamachef - August 25, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

    i'm a fan of good life eats on facebook


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    pajamachef - August 25, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    i'm a fan of nakano on facebook


  • 30
    Steph - August 25, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

    I like the idea of using it in barbeque sauce.


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    Space Monkey 1138 - August 26, 2010 @ 2:10 am

    I like the baked beans tip because I already do that!


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    Lynda - August 26, 2010 @ 3:41 am

    I like the idea of sprinkling the rice vinegar on fish. I like sourness!


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    Staci - August 27, 2010 @ 1:54 am

    I like the tip to "Brush over thick-sliced red onions and drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill or pan-fry until slightly browned and softened. Serve with grilled meats or chicken." Sounds yummy!


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    Staci - August 27, 2010 @ 1:55 am

    I'm a FB fan of GoodLife{eats}. Thanks!


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    shelly - August 27, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

    I love the idea of putting the red pepper flavor on my salads. I eat a salad every day for lunch.


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    shelly - August 27, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    After perusing a bunch of your posts and recipes, I just became a fan of your blog on FB :) .


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    shelly - August 27, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    Became a fan of Nakano products on FB. I love them!


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    Danielle - August 27, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    The roasted garlic one sounds great. I love garlic!!


  • 39
    Joanna Von Liebling - August 28, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

    I'm excited to try the seasoned rice vinegar stirred into baked beans. Yum!


  • 40
    Amanda - August 29, 2010 @ 12:56 am

    Yum Katie those look wonderful!


  • 41
    Tammy L - August 29, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

    Those sesame noodles are absolutely beautiful! And the whole deal only took 30 minutes?! Definitely bookmarking this one. :) How do you toast your sesame seeds??


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    Jeannine - September 02, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

    I made these this week and they were absolutely delicious!


  • 43
    Judy - September 20, 2010 @ 8:43 pm

    Ohmygod I’m sitting in the office right now waiting for lunch and GUESSWHAT i doggypacked!! sesame soba noodles!! haha. I’m sorry i find that so amusing it’s an over-run of energy from my morning coffee.

    i made mine with soba for a bit of bite, spruced with broccoli, shallots, garlic, tofu, black rice vinegar, sesame and soy. yours is so much yum as i’m looking at it, i’m going to try it next time


  • 44
    Alli - November 08, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    very yummy! I added a little hoisin sauce for a touch of sweetness. the kids ate it up!


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