30 Minute Saucy Ginger Sesame Noodles with Caramelized Mushrooms.
These 30 Minute Saucy Ginger Sesame Noodles with Caramelized Mushrooms are best for those nights when you’re craving spicy, warming, Chinese inspired noodles, but want something a little healthier too. Crispy caramelized mushrooms in a sweet, spicy, tangy ginger garlic sauce, atop egg noodles in steaming, spicy broth. These quick vegetable-filled Chinese inspired noodles can be made and ready in just about 30 minutes. Not only is this a healthy noodle, but it’s also delicious…and extra saucy too. Just the way all noodles should be.
Welcoming Monday with one of my favorite autumn recipes yet. And also? Plenty of snow too. We had our third snowfall of the season yesterday and it’s a winter wonderland outside. This warming and oh so cozy recipe could not be more fitting for today.
It’s quick, easy, and full of pantry staples. So you see? The perfect Monday recipe.
These noodles…I love them so much, but wow they took a long while to get just right. At this point, I’ve now made about four versions of this recipe. Each a little different, one even had meatballs, and another had brussels sprouts. I can’t even remember what the third version was, but somehow, someway I landed here.
After three failed attempts, I gave up working on a new gingery sesame noodle. To be honest, I was tired of trying and just figured the idea I had in my head wasn’t really working. Three tries with no happy outcome and I was pretty much done.
But then, I guess I wasn’t, because these noodles happened. How they came to be? It’s simple, I was in need of a really quick recipe last week. It’s been the craziest past few days. There have been some curveballs thrown my way and it’s left me with even less time than I had before…which wasn’t a lot to begin with. The point is, I had to find something quick, and something I could make with ingredients I already had on hand.
I started pulling ingredients from the pantry, and vegetables from the fridge, and I just started cooking. Before I knew it I had the most beautiful soy caramelized mushrooms coated in sesame seeds with a side of extra saucy noodles and steaming soy broth. Once I’d put everything together, it hit me, I finally made the recipe I had envisioned in my head for the last month. Saucy Asian-inspired noodles with broth and veggies. I was putting too much pressure on the recipe while testing, but somehow I worked out the kinks without even thinking about it.
And now? I could not be more excited to share the recipe today. These noodles are not only fast, and healthy, but they’ll leave you wanting bowl after bowl.
Everything you need to know about these 30 minute noodles.
If you love my dan dan noodles, you’re going to love these ginger sesame noodles. It’s the same concept, but minus the meat and plus caramelized mushrooms. To be honest? I love this recipe even more than the dan dan noodles. The mushrooms are just so good!
I always start by making the sauce. It’s s a simple mix of soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, and peanut butter or tahini. I like to add balsamic vinegar and molasses for a little tang and sweetness that you’d find in a hoisin style sauce.
Next, boil the egg noodles. You can really use any kind of noodle, but a good egg noodle is my favorite. If you’re gluten-free, use your favorite rice noodles and make the recipe work for you! Drain the noodles, then add the broth and some of the saucy mix to that same pot. This is your “spicy broth” to mix the noodles with. Keep this on low while you caramelize those mushrooms.
Now the mushrooms. The best part! You want to thinly slice the shrooms, then let them crisp in a little sesame or olive oil. Once they’ve cooked down, just add a splash of soy sauce and let the sauce caramelize over the mushrooms. It’s so simple but so delicious.
To assemble, I like to ladle the spicy creamy broth into bowls, add the noodles, and toss together. Then top with the mushrooms, spoon over chili sauce, and add fresh green onions. It looks like a meal that took all day to prepare, but it’s the easiest!
Perfect for crazy fall weeknights when it’s cold out and you just want a cozy but healthy dinner.
Hoping you guys love this one as much as I do! I’m already excited to make this again tonight!
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30 Minute Saucy Ginger Sesame Noodles with Caramelized Mushrooms
Best for nights when you’re craving Chinese, but want something a little healthier.
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or tamari
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter or tahini
- 1 tablespoon molasses or pomegranate molasses (optional)
- 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- 2 tablespoons sesame or extra virgin olive oil
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 3 cups shiitake or cremini mushrooms, sliced
- black pepper
- 2 tablespoons raw sesame seeds
- 8 ounces Chinese style egg noodles or rice noodles
- 2 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped
- 2 green onions chopped, for serving
1. To make the sauce. Combine 1/2 cup soy sauce, honey, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, peanut butter/tahini, molasses, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 clove garlic, and 1/3 cup water in a bowl.
2. Cook the noodles according to package directions. Drain. To the pot used to cook the noodles, add the broth and 1/2 of the soy sauce mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stir in the spinach. Keep warm.
3. Heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the mushrooms. Cook undisturbed for 5 minutes or until golden. Add the shallots, 1 tablespoon ginger, and 2 cloves garlic. Cook 4-5 minutes, until fragrant. Add 2 tablespoons soy sauce and a large pinch of pepper. Cook another 2-3 minutes, until the mushrooms are caramelized. Add the sesame seeds, cook 2 minutes. Spoon the mushrooms out of the skillet and onto a plate.
4. To the skillet, add the remaining soy sauce mixture and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add the noodles, toss to combine, and cook until the sauce just coats the noodles, 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
5. Ladle the broth into bowls. Add the noodles and toss combine. Spoon the mushrooms over the noodles. Top with green onions and chili oil. Enjoy!
Chili Oil: I always keep a jar of this homemade chili oil on hand.
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