Lola’s Kitchen: Peanut Pasta Recipe

Posted February 6, 2015 by Lola in Lola's Kitchen / 36 Comments

Lola’s Kitchen is a feature on Lola’s Reviews where I talk about all things related to food, cooking and baking. These posts can be recipe posts or more discussion type posts about food. I love cooking and spend some time in the kitchen almost every day, so I wanted to give it a place on my blog as well. The banner for this feature is designed by Michelle from Limabean Design.

Normally I stay far away from pasta’s, for some reason they are not my thing. Usually my boyfriend makes pasta and I don’t, not sure why exactly, but my boyfriend can make delicious pasta and I don’t like making pasta. Well the recipe I am sharing with you today is my exception. It’s like a mix of the asian Gado Gado dish (vegetables with peanut sauce) and pasta, and it’s delicious. I also really like the one pot method this recipe uses, it’s so handy to cook the pasta in the same pan as the sauce. This recipe is based on the recipe from Apron String.

If you love peanut butter as much as I do, you have to try this out!
Peanut pasta


Ingredients Peanut Pasta

  • Spaghetti- 300 gram/ 12 ounces
  • Red Bell Pepper – 3
  • Onion – 1
  • Garlic – 4 gloves
  • Carrot (optional) – a few big carrots or about 10 smaller ones
  • Ginger root – 2 inches sliced into small pieces
  • Vegetable Broth – 1 liter/ 4 cups
  • Soy Sauce – 2 tablespoons
  • Peanut Butter – 100 gram / 4 tablespoons
  • Peanuts – 75 gram / 1/2 cup (optional)

This recipe feeds about 4-5 people. I like to bake some tofu and serve it with the sauce.


  1. Slice and dice all the vegetables and the garlic. Remove the outer layer from the ginger root with a grater and then slice and dice it in small pieces
  2. Throw the olive oil, onion, garlic and ginger in a large pan/pot. Bake until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add the other vegetables and bake for around 5 minutes
  4. Then add the soy sauce, vegetable broth and peanut butter and stir well.
  5. Now it’s time to add the spaghetti, break it into pieces above the pan and stir through. Cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Add the peanuts on top (optional) and your peanut pasta is ready to get eaten!


Bake the onion, garlic and ginger

Onion, garlic and ginger

Bake the vegetables

Vegetables baking

My kitchen scale, which I use to measure the pasta

Measuring the pasta

Add the 4 tablespoons peanut butter

Add peanut butter

Break the pasta in small pieces and throw it in the pan

Throw in the pasta

Boil the pasta

Pasta boiling

Close up of the peanut pasta

Close up peanut pasta

Variation Tips

  • Chicken Peanut Pasta. As I am a vegetarian most of my recipes are without meat, but you can add some chicken to meaten it up ;).
  • Vary with vegetables. My preference goes to red bell pepper in most dishes, but why not try varying with different vegetables or throw in whatever vegetables you have at the moment.
  • Tofu peanut pasta. I like to bake some tofu (approximately bake for 20 minutes) and add that on my board once the sauce is done.
  • Salty Peanut Pasta. If you like your dishes salty, you can use salted peanuts for topping or add in some more soy sauce.
  • Add Lime. The original recipe from Apron String added the juice of two limes, but I removed that as I don’t think I like it very much with lime.
What’s your favorite pasta sauce? Have you ever tried making a one pot pasta?

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36 responses to “Lola’s Kitchen: Peanut Pasta Recipe

    • It’s is delicious, every time I make this I am amazed at the flavour. It’s so flavourfull and yummy! And I add way more peanut butter to the recipe as the original recipe I found. I never would’ve thought of this combination myself either, so I thank the genius person who thought to make this.

    • You’ve never tasted peanut butter, why not? I always buy these huge jars of peanut butter, you would be surprised how fast we go through them in this household, lol.
      Let me know what you think of it when you try it! I am really curious now as you’ve never tasted peanut butter and I want to know if you like it.

    • You just have to give it a try, It might sound a bit weird, but it’s really good! And it’s so easy to make and I like the whole cook your pasta in the same pan as the sauce, so handy!

    • I love peanut butter cookies, but in a sauce it’s really good as well. I once had a gado gado sauce I fixed by adding some peanut butter. I just have to make this recipe about once a month, my boyfriend and sister love this one as well.

      Oh let me know how it turns out! I hope your he makes it for you :).

  1. Woah! I’ve never heard of this kind of pasta! If I want to opt out the garlic and onion is there any substitute for it? My boyfriend is a vegetarian that doesn’t take garlic and onion and it makes the food choices to be rather limited. I thought of cooking this for him to try out! He’s a big fan of pastas ๐Ÿ˜€
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    • I hope you’ll give it a try and your kids like it as well! I always cook my pasta for 10 minutes and that’s usually enough, this recipe has a lot of fluid so that might help as well.

    • Oh pesto pasta is good too, I don’t like tuna, so i don’t think I woudl like that either. I used to dislike pasta, but recently I found out that it just depends on how you make it and this peanut pasta certainly is a great way to enjoy it.
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