From Staff Reports
Noodles, we tend to believe, come in two varieties - those that come with marinara and alfredo. But the fact of the matter is, many cultures include noodles in their diets. The different spices and sauces give a whole new twist to this traditional food. Yet, despite the variations, every noodle recipe retains that comfort-food feeling that only complex carbohydrates can provide. Here are a few feel-good recipes for your kitchen from around the world:
Soak the rice stick noodles in tepid water for roughly 15 minutes. Then cut the noodles into 4-inch pieces. Strain the noodles, then set them aside.
Using a large skillet (preferably a wok) heat the vegetable oil and add in the garlic, onion and tofu.
After stirring for 2 minutes, add in the dry shrimp, and stir. Then, one at a time add in the peanuts, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, pepper and chicken, stirring the mixture the entire time. Add the eggs and continue to stir the mixture. Then add in 1/2 cup of water. Add the noodles, and be sure to stir! The noodles tend to burn if not continuously stirred.
Check to see if the taste of the dish is suitable to you, if not, then add in fish sauce (salty), sugar (sweet), or soy sauce (salty). Here is where a matter of preference comes into play. The final step is to add in the bean sprouts and chives, just before turning off the burner.
Pad Thai is normally garnished with a heaping portion of uncooked bean
sprouts on the side as well as a sprig of cilantro on top.
Poppy seed noodles
Prepare egg noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
Add butter to pasta pot. Return noodles to pasta pot, cover with poppy
seeds, and stir until butter is melted and noodles are covered with poppy
seeds and butter.
Stir-fried sirloin and spinach with noodles
From the Ketchum Kitchen at www.recipe.com
Trim fat from beef steak. Cut steak lengthwise in half and then crosswise into 1/8-inch thick strips. Combine marinade ingredients; pout half over beef. Cover and marinate in refrigerator 10 minutes. Reserve remaining marinade.
Meanwhile, cook vermicelli according to package directions. Remove beef
from marinade; discard marinade. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high
heat until hot. Add beef (half at a time) and stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes or
until outside surface is not longer pink. (Do not overcook.) Remove from
skillet with slotted spoon; keep warm. In same skillet, combine vermicelli,
spinach, bean sprouts, green onions and reserved marinade; cook until spinach
is wilted and mixture is heated through, stirring occasionally. Return beef
to skillet; mix lightly.
Fettuccine with mushrooms, tarragon and goat cheese sauce
From "Quick From Scratch- Vegetable Main Dishes" at www.cooking.com
In a large frying pan, melt the butter with 1 tablespoon of the oil over high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, the pepper and the dried tarragon, if using, and cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderately high and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until the mushrooms are golden brown and no liquid remains in the pan, about 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine goat cheese, Parmesan, milk, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Stir until smooth.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the fettuccine until just done, about 12 minutes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the pasta-cooking water and drain. Whisk 1 cup of the pasta-cooking water into the goat-cheese mixture. Toss the pasta with the mushrooms, the goat-cheese sauce, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon olive oil, the fresh tarragon, if using, and the chives. If the pasta seems dry, add more of the reserved pasta-cooking water.
Serve with additional Parmesan.
From "Quick from Scratch- Pasta" at www.cooking.com
In a large frying pan, simmer the chicken broth and the oregano until 1/2 cup of liquid remains in the pan, about 4 minutes. Stir in the chicken cubes, cover the pan, and remove it from the heat. Let the chicken steam in the hot broth until just done, about 6 minutes.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ziti until just done, about 13 minutes. Drain the pasta and toss it with the chicken mixture, the feta, lemon juice, salt pepper and parsley. Stir until the cheese is completely melted. Toss in the cherry tomatoes.