While we’re enjoying the warmth of Indian Summer, Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog suggests these raw, vegetable-based noodles made from carrots.
Inspired by classic cold sesame noodles, delicate strands of carrots and cucumbers mingle together in crisp tangles of “pasta,” as vibrant as they are flavorful.
Instead of peanut sauce based on peanut butter, Hannah substitutes cashew butter for a different take on the nutty, lightly spiced sauce.
“Deceptively simple in composition,” says Hannah, “it doesn’t sound like anything particularly special on paper, but one taste and you’ll be hooked on the creamy cashew elixir. Lavish it over everything from salads to grilled tofu and beyond. Although you may end up with more than you need for this particular dish, trust me: It won’t be a struggle to polish off the excess in short order.”
Note that this recipe comes together very quickly but needs to be eaten as soon as it’s made. The recipe makes 2-3 main dish servings or 4-5 side servings.
Cut the carbs and add the protein: carrot “pasta” in cashew sauce. Photo courtesy Hannah Kaminsky.
RECIPE: CARROT CASHEW NOODLES
Ingredients For The Cashew Sauce
6 tablespoons smooth cashew butter
1/3 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons light agave nectar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 clove fresh garlic, finely minced
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2-1 teaspoon sriracha (or other hot sauce)
For The Carrot Pasta
5 Large carrots, peeled and shredded with a julienne peeler or spiral grater
1 English cucumber, peeled and shredded with a julienne peeler or spiral grater
A spiral grater, also called a spiralizer. Photo courtesy Microplane.
1. PREPARE the sauce. This can be done up to 2 weeks in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container. Place the cashew butter in a medium bowl and slowly add the vegetable broth, stirring constantly to loosen and smooth out the thick paste. Add the remaining ingredients, whisk thoroughly until homogeneous and set aside.
2. MAKE the carrot and cucumber “noodles.” Toss them together with half of the sauce; for easier mixing, use your hands. Add more sauce as needed, toss in the scallions and move to a serving plate.