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This one-pot Thai pasta features shrimp or chicken, noodles, vegetables, seasonings, and peanuts all cooked together in a light, creamy peanut sauce.
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This one-pot Thai pasta is a hit! I love Thai food and wanted to make a quick and simple recipe that still had all the flavor. This recipe took about half an hour from start to finish and it tastes AMAZING. The best part of this recipe is you only have one pot to clean up! If you love one-pot meals, try our one-pot teriyaki chicken bowls after this Thia pasta.
Cooking everything in one large skillet not only has an easy cleanup but helps blend the flavors together even more. The creaminess from the Thai peanut sauce laying on the pad Thai noodles cooked with herbs, vegetables, and shrimp give this pasta recipe two thumbs up!
One Pot Thai Pasta Ingredients
Using a long pasta helps soak up the peanut sauce when enjoying this delicious dish! Chop fresh vegetables, add herbs, and all the sweet and savory liquids to this easy Thai pasta recipe. Only one pot makes this recipe an amazingly delicious dinner!
- Linguine – Cook the noodles according to the package directions. Make sure to drain the linguine before adding the rest of the ingredients.
- Vegetables – Chop, slice, and cut the fresh carrot, bell peppers, and onions before adding them to the pot.
- Herbs – Ginger root sliced and cloves of garlic minced together for that raw flavor.
- Salted peanuts – Find roasted salted peanuts at the grocery store. You can find them chopped too. If you need to chop them, use a food processor.
- Chicken broth – Gives the pasta flavor and liquid to cook in.
- Coconut milk – Adds the creaminess to the noodles sauce.
- Peanut butter – Has a sweet, salty, and nutty flavor that blends well and will melt in with the other liquids.
- Brown sugar – Needed to balance and add sweetness!
- Soy sauce and fish sauce – These both have a robust flavor that adds to the Thai authenticity of this dish.
- Red pepper flakes – Make this pasta a bit spicy.
- Cooked shrimp – Pealed and tail on the shrimp when buying. Shrimp need to be precooked before adding to the pot.
- Cilantro leaves – These build aroma and will help give a boost of flavor.
- Lime – Squeeze for an extra zest of garnish!
How to Make Easy Thia Peanut Pasta
This recipe is packed with veggies and the sauce is a perfect balance of spicy and sweet! Simply combine most of the ingredients together, stir over medium-high heat, then add in the remaining three ingredients at the end. It is an easy and quick one-pot meal that everyone loves!
- Combine – In a large stock pot, combine all the ingredients except cilantro, lime, and shrimp.
- Boil – Cover the pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. When the pasta is cooked, remove the slices of ginger.
- Add in – Add shrimp, cilantro, and lime juice. Mix well and serve.
- Garnish – With peanuts, cilantro, lime juice, and/or sweet chili sauce.
Tips and Modifications for the Best Thai Pasta
This Thai peanut pasta dish is full of protein, nutrients, vegetables, and all the flavor from seasonings and fresh herbs. Most of these ingredients can be modified and still hold the flavor. Try these ideas for the best Thia peanut pasta recipe!
- Noodles – Substitute the noodles for what is best for your family or what you already have in the pantry. Spaghetti noodles, fettuccine, or thin rice noodles are best. They soak up the sauce when twirling. Penne and rigatoni are not recommended.
- Fish sauce – If you are worried about using fish sauce, don’t be! It adds a good flavor to the sauce but doesn’t taste fishy at all. If it really freaks you out, just use two tablespoons of soy sauce instead.
- Spice – To add more spice, you can add a whole teaspoon of red pepper flakes, instead of half, or at the end add sriracha sauce over top.
“This was delicious, really loved how all the flavors came together! My husband and I both really enjoyed this dinner- easy to throw together when you need something quick and flavorful! This will definitely go to my favorites box. Thank you for sharing.”-Monique
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! We chose to add shrimp to this recipe, but you could also add chicken or do a vegetarian version (no shrimp, no fish sauce, and vegetable broth instead of chicken broth). This recipe makes really good leftovers, but it does dry out a little bit. I added a little soy sauce and some sweet chili sauce before I popped it in the microwave and it was perfect!
Thai noodles are known as “guay tiew” and are a popular option that locals choose when enjoying pasta. Thai food is combined with several flavors that blend together and work well balancing out the intense flavors and texture. It is a perfect balance and filling meal!
Thai food is flavorful, nutritious, and packed with fresh vegetables and often features gluten-free rice noodles. However, some sauces and flavorings in Thai cuisine may contain gluten.
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One Pot Thai Peanut Pasta
- 16 ounces linguine
- 1 large carrot chopped
- 1 red bell pepper sliced
- 3 green onions sliced
- 2 inches of ginger root sliced
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped
- 1 cup roasted salted peanuts chopped
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 14 ounces coconut milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 pound cooked shrimp
- 1 bunch cilantro leaves
- 1 lime juiced
- In a large stock pot, combine all the ingredients except cilantro, lime, and shrimp.
- Cover pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- When the pasta is cooked remove the slices of ginger.
- Add shrimp, cilantro, and lime juice.
- Mix well and serve.
- Garnish with peanuts, cilantro, lime juice, and/or sweet chili sauce.
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Great recipe. It’s a standard in my rotation!
This was delicious, really loved how all the flavors came together! My husband and I both really enjoyed this dinner- easy to throw together when you need something quick and flavorful! This will definitely go to my favorites box. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
So glad you liked it! Aren’t one pot meals the best?? We are flattered we made it to your “favorites box”!
This was absolutely amazing! So easy, and so yummy!! My kids loved it too. I grated the ginger instead and left it in the pot.
I came for the pot roast and leaving with all these recipes!!! I bookmarked your page! Thanks for all the IP recipes!
Yay! I am so glad we won you over!