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Cold Sesame Vegetable Pasta

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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  25 Minutes
  Serves 8 as a side salad without the marinated chicken
Though this can indeed be served on its own, its greatest function in life is as a colorful bed for the Thai marinated chicken. Long thin noodles would be more authentically Asian, but on a buffet, short pasta is easier to handle.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup fish sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger with juice
2 large fresh serrano chiles, stemmed, thinly sliced
1 pound imported semolina penne pasta
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups bean sprouts
2 cups coarsely shredded carrot
2 cups coarsely shredded English hothouse cucumbers
1 large sweet red bell pepper, trimmed, cut into matchstick-size strips
1/2 cup sliced green onions
Other necessary recipes:
Marinated Thai Chicken Salad
DIRECTIONS
Mix first 7 ingredients in medium-size container with tight fitting lid. Cover and shake well to blend. The dressing can be made up to 1 day ahead. Refrigerate; return to room temperature before using.


Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 13 minutes. Drain, rinse well under cold running water and drain again. Toss pasta in large resealable plastic bag with canola oil. The pasta can be prepared several hours in advance. Refrigerate. Return to room temperature before serving.


TO TRANSPORT:
Separately enclose carrots, cucumber, beans sprouts, bell pepper strips and green onions in plastic bags lined with paper towels to absorb moisture.


TO GARNISH AND SERVE:
Pour sesame dressing over pasta in its plastic bag. Shake and gently squeeze bag to coat pasta with dressing. Turn pasta out onto large platter. Turn carrots, cucumber, sprouts, bell pepper and green onions out of their bags over pasta. Carefully toss to blend ingredients and coat vegetables with dressing. Serve at room temperature.


Recipe created exclusively for Cooking.com by Michael McLaughlin.


Recipe reprinted by permission of . All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 8 as a side salad without the marinated chicken
Calories: 319
Sodium: 1162mg
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 54g
Protein: 10g
% Cal. from Fat: 23%
Fat. Total: 8g
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