Gochujang Peanut Asian-Style Pasta for #SundaySupper

It’s my first post as part of the Sunday Supper family! If you are stopping by because you’re a #SundaySupper member, be warned: I MIGHT  LOVE YOU ALREADY.

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Remember how I told you guys about my Smile a Day wall over on my good friend Nancy’s blog? Well, this group most certainly qualifies for an entire Smile-A-Day wall of its own–I hadn’t even officially scheduled my first post and last Wednesday I received this outpouring of #SundaySupper love:

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They’re like the children’s lit scholars of the academic world: bubbly, personable, excited about what they do, and thrilled to share the experience with everyone they know. Forget Platinum Club Exclusive Blogging: these folks want their members to feel welcome–and what’s more, they’re eager to be all like, “Hey, we’re pretty cool, mebbe you should join us?”

So yeah, I’m pretty stoked to be here–oh and if you are pumped as well, you can learn all about Sunday Supper here. The actual logistics are a little confusing at first, so feel free to message me if you have questions!

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Each Sunday, the group gathers virtually to share a bunch of awesome recipes based on the week’s theme. Today’s theme calls for firing up those grills and embracing the lackadaisical summer heat: it’s Summer BBQ!

I first discovered #SundaySupper through the inestimable Liz, whose blog That Skinny Chick Can Bake I’ve been following since the dawn of time (or like a year ago). She’s been my awesome mentor and walked me through every step of Sunday Supper, so here’s my yodel to her! Yodelethankyou! My good friend Courtney from Neighbor Food has also been super helpful–thanks, girls!

My inaugural host: Melanie from Melanie Makes. THANK YOU. You will forever go down in history as the wonderful blogger who paved my foray into the wonderful world of Sundays. (Yeah, I told you I’d get creepy!)

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The skies are screaming sunshine like a hyper five-year old kid after ten pounds of sugar on Halloween, but I’ll be honest: it doesn’t feel like summer. It felt like summer three months ago, when I moseyed down to the farmer’s market every week loading up my hardcore backpack and bike basket with an overflowing abundance of fresh fruits and veggies.

Ahh, the paradoxical life of a grad student. Now that summer is officially in full swing, things are busier than ever! Apart from trying to crank out research and recover from the post-conference travel slump, circumstances have mandated that I am no longer cooking any of my own meals on the weekdays. Without the kitchen in my everyday life, cooking has become to me what flying is to this kiwi. And I make every excuse I can to make this pasta when I cook these days.

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I am dreaming of summer BBQ’s.

And guys, I am 110% dreaming of this fusion dish, which takes all of 20 minutes to whip up and is hands down one of my favorite go-to recipes on this blog. I have yet to make it for a BBQ, but the endless combination of fresh produce and refreshing, lighter fusion flavors make it an instant recipe-requested hit at any event your little heart desires/requires. And right now, my heart desires a lot of summer BBQ’ing before the summer whisks itself away again.

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The vegetables you use in this pasta are pretty much up to you: I used sweet potatoes (a great choice–totally different and recommended!), onions, green onions, wilted kale, and baby carrots–but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. The hearty, nutty taste of the whole wheat pasta is also a great idea!

But the sauce is what sends this recipe over the top, making it one of my most requested recipes ever: it’s a

creamy

nutty

mildly

sweet

subtly tangy

sauce with a kick

from the Korean red pepper / gochujang sauce that I did not own until this year and now LOVE. I use it in everything except my cookies, and those may become my next gochujang victim (because siracha cookies are already a thing, right?). You guys need to order a tub if you’ve never used it (though for those of you who wouldn’t buy a tub just for this recipe, you can sub dried red pepper flakes and a smidge of chili sauce/sweet chili sauce or omit the heat completely).

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But here I am singing praises over this ol’ humble superstar dish when you have loads of fellow #SundaySupper folks’ recipes to check out–and speaking which, I have a monumental task ahead of me getting to know all these lovely new friends. So toodles for now–and have yourself a very merry summer!

Gochujang Peanut Asian-Style Pasta

This recipe is a cinch to pull together in 30 minutes and a perfect twist on ordinary, boring pasta! With a slightly sweet, definitely nutty taste, the small kick of spice from gochujang sauce lends it a unique flavor that will have folks lining up for your recipe! Note: Use any produce you have on hand for this dish!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. whole wheat pasta
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 onion
  • 3 stalks green onion
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/2 cup baby carrots
  • Other produce/ingredient ideas: tempeh, tofu, broccoli, spinach, bell pepper
  • For the gochujang peanut sauce:
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cuip honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang sauce (if you absolutely cannot purchase gochujang, you may substitute a smidge of red pepper flakes and chili sauce--taste may change)
  • 3 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked al dente. Strain and set aside.
  2. As your pasta cooks, prepare and slice up all of your produce into bite-size pieces.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread sweet potato strips onto a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, until tender. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and basil as desired. Set aside.
  4. Set a large saucepan over medium heat and cook onion, green onion, and kale (you may use a tablespoon of vegetable oil to cook if you'd like--I simply used a dry saucepan and stirred frequently to prevent burning.) Set cooked vegetables aside.
  5. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Boil baby carrots until tender. Set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, toss together cooked pasta, vegetables, and sauce (recipe below). Serve and enjoy your summer BBQ!
  7. For the sauce: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Feel free to double recipe if you'd like for a creamier taste--I frequently do!
http://www.wallflourgirl.com/2014/07/20/gochujang-peanut-asian-style-pasta/

So if you’re as creepily in love with the idea behind #SundaySupper as I am, you’ll definitely want to check out these features from other SS folks! I will be. Every. Single. One.

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74 Responses to Gochujang Peanut Asian-Style Pasta for #SundaySupper

  1. Welcome to the crew! I would take this bowl down and then reach for more. Love this dish!

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  3. Ala – WELCOME to Sunday Supper! I have loved every minute I have been involved with this group, you have found an awesome place, full of food blogging MASTERMINDS!
    Now – on to your dish – WOW! It looks and sound amazing! SO different. I never would have thought in all my wildest dreams to include sweet potato in a macaroni dish! So cool to have so many different ideas!
    I really hope you’ll stop by my recipe link party The Yuck Stops Here this Tuesday evening after 8pm and share this recipe with my friends there too! You can find me on my site, Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos! HUGS

    • Cheryl: a), you ROCK. b) thank you, you’re so sweet! Sweet potatoes were totally a whim (I had them sitting around) and my friends were all super impressed by the surprise ingredient, so I guess it’s a keeper. I love serving this warm but I imagine it could be awesome served as a room temp or cold pasta salad, too! I will most definitely be stopping by your blog ASAP :) cheerios, girl! great to meetcha!

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  5. Dude. Gochujang. Pasta. WHAT. My boyfriend’s going to be pretty mad at you for posting about this because he hates gochujang but I’m the cook so I make what I want and I LOVE GOCHUJANG SO MUCH. Congrats on your first sunday supper post!!! :)

    • RIGHT Shelley?! I was totally unsure but then I was like NAH, gochujang rocks! Advanced sorry to your BF ;) it’s not that big a flavor though, you could totally tone it down and just put enough in for a nice kick at the end of each bite. Thanks, dear!! It’s awesome to see you here, as always!

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  7. This dish looks so amazing. I love the vibrant color. And I’m such a fan of gochujang sauce. This recipe is definitely one that I’ll have to try =)

    • Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only gal around these parts using gochujang! It’d be so awesome if you could give this recipe a shot, especially if you love gochujang as much as I do. That kick! :) cheerios, Andrea–hope you’re having a fantabulous Sunday!

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  9. Welcome to Sunday Supper Ala!!! You jumped in with both feet, bringing this great recipe!!

    • Ooh, I love that formulation–jumping in with both feet. Constance, you’re totally sweet and I’m loving it over here, especially with your awesome recipe too! Hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday, looking forward to seeing you around!

  10. Sounds perfect! I love fusion cuisine too.

  11. Liz is amazing! Welcome to Sunday Supper! Your Gochujang Peanut Asian Style Pasta sounds and looks mouthwatering. Great explanation of the pepper too!

    • Christy, y’all ARE amazing–and I can’t wait to nip over to your blog too (so many links to click through, phew! getting there though). Thanks so much, and I’m totally looking forward to seeing you around! Have an awesome Sunday, Christy.

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  13. It’s my first Sunday Supper too! And I don’t think I could possibly love this pasta more, spicy and sweet, it looks so good!

    • Mallory, is it?! YAY–high fives to us for being first-timers together! I will most definitely have to keep my eyes on your blog from now on, then :) I think we’re obligated as the same Sunday Supper cohort, hehe. You’re so sweet! Have an awesome Sunday.

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  16. Definitely up my alley, I love spicy food, and pasta!

    • Good news: you can add as much gochujang as you want for an increased kick! This pasta was totally made for you. You are pastatastic soulmates :) thanks so much, Sarah, it’s awesome to meet you! Can’t wait to stop by your blog for all the fun.

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  18. Oh, Ala … we truly are destined to be friends … because 1) this week was my inaugural #SundaySupper and I loved it as well, 2) I adore sweet potato with pasta, and 3) I just made my own gochujang paste for a bok choy kimchi recipe I’m working on! (And we can’t forget #4 … kittens!)

    I am in love with this pasta recipe … these flavors are right up my alley, so it’s going on my to-make list immediately!

    Can’t wait to start following your blog!

    • HAH I know right, Kimberly? You might’ve noticed me just mass-adding all of your social media so I can follow along properly, too. Cat lovers unite! And oh my gosh, a gochujang kimchi bok choy recipe? And you made the gochujang from scratch? That’s so awesome! I really can’t WAIT to see that one. It’s fate, it’s destiny, it’s awesomeness! Now that I know what a committed gochujang fan you are, I will definitely be waiting for your feedback on this recipe. I hope you love it!

  19. Roz

    Welcome to Sunday Supper, Ala! You’ve certainly started off with a bang with this outstanding recipe . . . the peanut sauce must be superb!
    Roz

    • Roz, that’s so totally sweet of you–the peanut sauce is to DIE for. I mean, not that I have, but it’s pretty darn good. Thanks so much, and I hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday–I can’t wait to follow your blog for some more awesome recipes!

  20. Welcome to the Sunday Supper family!

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  24. That looks delicious, love everything in there!!

  25. Great looking dish! I like pasta of any kind, and am in fact having some for dinner tonight. Yours looks like it has incredible flavor — thanks for this.

  26. Tifa

    This sounds & looks delicious! I especially like how open the recipe is to swap out or add different veggies. I’m the only vegan in my family and among my friends, so I’m constantly on the lookout for recipes I can use as a main course that everyone else can enjoy as a side, but that won’t frighten them off (especially after the taboule incident). I am so bringing this to the next barbeque I get invited to…I might even bring it to my aunt’s for Thanksgiving. I bet my grandpa will love it. ^_^ Thanks for sharing.

    • Tifa, I hope you get a chance to share this with your grandpa! I really believe that being vegetarian or vegan opens up so many more possibilities than it closes off because we have to be so conscientious about what we eat. This is definitely something I bring to share when I need to be sure I won’t go hungry ;) thanks so much for stopping by, girl–good to see you!

  27. Liz

    Aw, aren’t you a gem, Ala! Thanks for the sweet mention. You are a MOST delightful addition to the Sunday Supper team and I hope this is the first of many, many posts with this lovely group. I’m sure the whole gang instantly became a fan of yours…what a terrific post! And a spicy pasta will ALWAYS be a hit at a summer BBQ!

  28. Welcome to the crew Ala! Your dish looks amazing! I think it’s going on this week’s menu!

  29. I had no idea you were joining Sunday Supper. I’m so excited! Welcome to the club! It’s awesome, though it took me forever to figure out how to even join. And what a yummy dish to start off with.

    • Haha! Thanks so much, Laura–it’s suuuuch a fun group, though I totally feel you on the I-don’t-get-it-how-do-I-join bit. Well, we’re here now! It’s great to see ya :)

  30. welcome to Sunday Supper. I am a relatively newbie myself. Love your recipe and how could I not as I love peanuts and peanut butter

    • Newbies unite, Marlene!! It’s awesome to see you here and to see the awesome stuff you whipped up this time around. PB is the BEST–I like you already :) cheers, and here’s to many more together!

  31. Your dish looks amazing. I love the flavor profile! Nom, nom, nom!

    • Haha! You rock because I am totally a nom nom nom type of gal. It’s great to finally meet you via les blogs after seeing your name in email. Looking forward to lots more fun times!

  32. Oh my… this looks ridiculously amazing! LOVE gochujang!!! Never would have thought in a million years to use it in pasta salad! Pinned!

    • Muahahaha–ahem. Um, yeah, I also love gochujang. Thanks a bundle for stopping by, Chris–I love your blog! Here’s to many more fun times in the future–cheerios, and thanks for the pin!

  33. Oh I haven’t tried gochujang sauce yet, think I need to make another trip over to the large Asian supermarket and find some. This pasta salad is definitely my kind of pasta salad.

  34. I love everything in this salad. So many pasta salads are flavourless but this one is perfect.

  35. It’s taking me forever to figure out how to join!! I will have to ask you. Love this pasta :)

  36. Welcome to the Sunday Supper family!!! I love your dish, I’ll have to make it very soon. :)

  37. Woot woot! Welcome to Sunday Supper, Ala. Joining #SS was the best thing I’ve done as a blogger. It led me to the best community of warm, awesome, hilarious, supportive bloggers who have not only allowed my blog to flourish but they’ve all become friends. This Asian style pasta looks damned good. I could go for a giant bowl right now!

    • Thanks for introducing me, missy! I do owe this momentous plunge into the deep SS world to our lovely restaurant conversation, y’know. I see what you mean about the Sunday Supper love making it hard to answer every comment though….phew!

  38. Love the color of your sweet potato and the color of it! : ) your photography rocks btw!

    HI NEW FOODIE FRIEND!! : ) *waves*

  39. I love Asian food…. and pasta… and I especially love peanut sauce. In conclusion, I think I will have to make this dish asap. Btw, I have no idea what this Sunday Supper thing is, but I’ve been looking through all the links and I am STARVING!

    • I believe we shall be fast and constant friends if you’re into ALL those things. Sunday Supper is basically an amalgamation of awesome people who like to link up together on Sundays–and yes, it is otherwise known as a conspiracy to make our taste buds soooo hungry!

  40. This Asian style pasta looks delicious and unique! I love the addition of peanuts.

  41. Welcome to the family! I wish I could pull off fusion dishes such as this. I hope you enjoy your experience. Great job!

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  43. Welcome to Sunday Supper! This salad sounds awesome–we often cook Asian inspired dishes here, so I can’t wait to try this. I’ve never heard of gochujang sauce, but I have no doubt I’ll be able to find it here in SF!

    • Thanks so much for your welcome, Anne! It’s awesome to join you guys. I really hope you’ll get a chance to try it–gochujang is pretty cheap and easy to find in SF, for sure! It’s going to be great to connect with you, I love the Bay :) cheerios!

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