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One-Pot Peanut Sesame Noodles & Veggies

One-Pot Sesame Noodles & Veggies

One-pot pasta is a bit of a mysterious wonder. All of the ingredients–dried pasta, veggies, seasonings–go into a big pot with what looks like an impossible amount of liquid. Everything’s brought to a boil, then you toss (and toss and toss) it in the pot while it bubbles away. It’s not unlike a stir-fry of sorts, in that it cooks quickly over high heat—with lots of hands-on time while it boils. But it takes very few minutes to go from raw to “dinner’s ready!”

And, what an awesome dinner it is. Suddenly, you have a glorious pot of perfect pasta with tender veggies and a scrumptious sauce. Magic, I’m telling you!

This version, One-Pot Peanut Sesame Noodles & Veggies, takes its cue from Asian influences — specifically the cold sesame noodle salad that most everyone knows and loves. We start with lots of veggies: onion, red bell pepper, carrots and bok choy.

One Pot Peanut Sesame Noodles & Veggies |

Throw the veggies in a pot along with water, seasonings, and pasta. Dried linguine, by the way, is my go-to for one-pot pastas as it cooks up reliably within the (very specific!) 9-minute time frame and is sturdy enough to hold up to all the tossing that one-pot pastas need.

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Aside from the veggies, this one-pot pasta gets its Asian flair from Tamari-style soy sauce, ginger, garlic, sesame oil and a good bit of brown sugar for sweetness and balance. And don’t forget the heat! This recipe calls for a modest amount of crushed red pepper flakes, but if you’re brave, throw in some more.

After you take it off the stove, you toss in a few handfuls of Napa cabbage along with a splash of rice vinegar. Then top with lots of cilantro, peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, maybe even a few scallions if you’re inclined. One pot, many ways!

This post was originally published on August 11, 2014.

One-Pot Sesame Noodles & Veggies

One-Pot Peanut Sesame Noodles & Veggies

Asia meets Italy in this veggie-loaded, flavor-filled one-pot pasta.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • 8 ounces linguine uncooked
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium bok choy or 3 baby bok choy about 1/2 pound, sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots cut into coins (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small yellow onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 medium cloves garlic minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger peeled and minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/4 cup Tamari-style soy sauce*
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes add more if you like more heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 medium Napa cabbage thinly sliced (about 4 cups, loosely packed)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Toppings: fresh cilantro chopped salted peanuts, sliced scallions, and/or toasted sesame seeds


  • To a large and heavy pot over high heat, add the linguine, water, bok choy, bell pepper, carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  • As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, set the timer for 9 minutes and cook, tossing constantly with tongs, taking care to make sure the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot. Once the 9 minutes is up, the veggies should be tender, the pasta cooked through, and it should have a saucy consistency, with most of the liquid having evaporated.
  • Remove from heat and add the cabbage and vinegar, tossing until cabbage wilts, about 30 seconds.
  • Serve, topping individual bowls with cilantro, peanuts, scallions, and toasted sesame seeds.


*You can use regular, non-Tamari soy sauce, but because it is saltier than Tamari soy sauce, I suggest leaving the kosher salt out of the recipe and then adjusting seasonings to taste once cooked.
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  • Reply
    May 30, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Made this tonight and it was fantastic! I used mushrooms and broccoli too so my four year old would eat it and even she liked it 🙂 Also used rice noodles and it still worked out great – thanks!

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      Sarah Haas Keller
      November 28, 2017 at 5:14 am

      Hi Trish! I’m curious about making this recipe with Rice Noodles as well. Do you remember if you adjusted the 9 minute cook time?
      Thank you!

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    October 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Made this one for friends – it was a big hit. Best at-home asian noodles yet.

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    November 23, 2016 at 3:31 am

    Hey 🙂

    Maybe this is a silly question but does anyone know if you can freeze this and it will defrost ok?


  • Reply
    October 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Kare, I just wanted to leave you a 5-star rating for this recipe because it’s one I’ve made many times and it’s always a hit. I usually add a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter because I like that flavor, but otherwise I follow the recipe to a T. Thank you for such an easy, delicious dish!

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    January 3, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    4 stars
    Lots more prep time than I anticipated, but the whole family was delighted from toddler on up! Was thrilled to be sneaking in so many veggies too. 😄

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