Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Favorite Summer Potluck Dish

We are often invited to summer picnics/cookouts where the hosts ask us to bring a side dish to share.  This is one of my go-to dishes (actually one of my favorites to bring) because there is not really anything in it that will spoil if left sitting out on the picnic table.  These are also really terrific as a side dish when you're serving a meal with an Asian flair.

Don't be afraid by the term "spicy" because even Mr. Helen who really doesn't like truly spicy food, loves these noodles.

Spicy Noodles

1 lb. spaghetti
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 bunch scallions
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
4T red wine vinegar
4T olive oil
6T dark sesame oil
2T chili garlic sauce 

Cook the spaghetti as directed on package.

While the spaghetti is cooking, slice the peppers into thin strips. Slice the green part of the scallions diagonally then chop up the white part.

Put the peppers and scallions in a large bowl.  When the spaghetti is done, drain it well then dump it over the vegetables.  Let that sit for a couple minutes while you make the dressing.

Whisk together sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil & chili garlic sauce in a bowl.

Dump the dressing over everything in the bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve, stirring several times.  Take out ahead of serving as you want the noodles to be near room temperature.

Tastes best if you make it several hours ahead of time so it has time to sit and the flavors can meld. Enjoy!


  1. Yum, and this recipe looks simple enough that I might actually make it! :)

  2. Sounds yummy, although I might kick up the spice a bit LOL. Then John wouldn't eat it and I could have it all to myself :D

  3. Yum yum. There's nothing not to like in that recipe. Except green bell peppers. It seems you could sub zucchini or snow peas or other veggies too. MUST TRY!!

  4. Looks good a combination of East meets Italy.


  6. I am so glad you posted the recipe Helen - when I saw it on your last post I was like "I would love that!"

  7. Ooooh, very simple. And I bet would be great with whole wheat pasta too.

  8. Just made a batch but added a handful of snow peas. It's just what I've been buying at a very expensive deli for years now. Bless you for the recipe.