SPICY HATCH NOODLES
900g spaghetti or other stringy pasta
3-6 hatch chiles, stemmed, seeded, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
3 carrots, peeled and julienned
½ of a green cabbage, sliced
4 green onions, sliced
1 tbsp olive or other cooking oil
For the sauce
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup molasses (I used this brand- I don’t know if it’s better/worse than other molasses, but the sauce turned out great with it, so.)
1 cup tamari (NOT soy sauce, which is too watery for this dish- I use this brand.)
3 tbsp sesame oil
¾ cup tahini
2 ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
sriracha, to taste- anywhere from 1-8 tbsp (The first time I made this it only needed 2 tbsp to get nice and spicy. The second time I made it the sriracha had lost a significant amount of its spiciness and much more of it was required.)
NOTE: Measurements are approximate- taste the sauce and make adjustments if necessary
NOTE 2: It is possible to make this dish vegan if you carefully read the ingredients- for example, vegan sriracha sauce exists, but you have to check (my sriracha sauce has anchovies in it) and most spaghetti shouldn’t contain eggs but double-check just to be sure.
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.
Rant time: That most likely means NO oil in the pot of water is necessary- contrary to popular belief, pasta won’t stick together if you omit the oil so long as you use a generous amount of water (to dilute the starch that builds up in it/prevent overcrowding). Most people do not use the amount of water called for in the directions, which is quite a lot. I have never put oil in my pasta water and my pasta never sticks so long as I use enough water. Do use a generous amount of salt in the water to season the pasta, though.
While the water is coming to a boil/the pasta is cooking, heat up the cooking oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the red peppers and green chiles and saute until softened.
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a blender and taste for adjustments. Start with a small amount of sriracha and gradually add more until desired spiciness is achieved. This dish is originally supposed to be quite spicy.
Combine the sauce, pasta, sauteed and raw vegetables. Enjoy hot or chill overnight.
Side note: I suspect this dish would be awesome with the addition of grilled shrimp. Cilantro, mint, or basil might also be welcome garnishes.