Pasta is a wonderful dish. Great for cooking on a limited budget. But, if you eat a lot of it, pasta can get old really quick. I’m always looking for ways to spice up pasta and keep it tasty. Here’s a fun, healthy little recipe I found.
1/2 Cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 medium-sized red onion, thinly sliced
12 oz whole grain spaghetti
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 large cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced into half moons
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/3 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/3 cup firmly packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
Step 1: Whisk together the vinegar and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl. Add onion and let stand 30 minutes. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of vinegar mixture.
Step 2: Prepare pasta according to package directions
Step 3: Place chopped tomatoes, cucumber, green onions, mint, cilantro, lime juice, canola oil, sugar, salt, and crushed red pepper to a serving bowl. Add hot cooked pasta, onion and reserved vinegar mixture. Gently toss to combine and sprinkle with peanuts.
Yields 6 servings