Pasta with tahini is a creamy riff on sesame noodles that can be served warm or cold. Use regular pasta or soba noodles and add veggies, chicken or tofu.
Pasta with tahini is a creamy noodle dish that's similar to sesame noodles or noodles with peanut sauce. It has a nutty sesame flavor with hints of sweet-salty-umami flavors swirled into a super easy tahini dressing.
This creamy tahini dressing can be drizzled over warm or cold noodles. It can also be used as a salad dressing or as a dip for raw or steamed veggies like Instant Pot Broccoli. It's also delicious drizzled over grain bowls and roasted vegetables.
- Long noodles, like spaghetti, fettuccine or soba noodles
- Soy Sauce
- Bragg Liquid Aminos
- Rice Vinegar
- Your choice of tofu, chicken and/or vegetables
What is Tahini?
The only ingredient in tahini is hulled white sesame seeds, which have been ground into a smooth, creamy consistency. It has the same consistency as other nut or seed butters.
If you've ever eaten a sesame seed, that's what tahini taste like too! Nutty, earthy and slightly bitter.
Unfortunately some brands of tahini are unpleasantly bitter. You might have to try several different brands before finding one you really like (adding honey to tahini dressing also helps minimize the bitterness).
Tahini is often used in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and African cuisine. It's an important ingredient in hummus and other cold dips, sauces and salad dressings.
No. It's sold on the shelf and can be left in a cool pantry after opening the jar.
What Are Bragg Liquid Aminos?
I've started keeping a bottle of Bragg Liquid Aminos in my refrigerator, next to the soy sauce and fish sauce. This liquid seasoning adds a hit of salty umami flavor to salad dressings and stir-fries, like Rice Noodles with Egg and Shrimp.
Liquid aminos is a gluten-free seasoning or "liquid protein concentrate" made from soybeans. It is called liquid aminos because it has 16 essential amino acids.
You can find Bragg Liquid Aminos in most grocery stores, usually in the same aisle as the soy sauce.
What to Serve with Sesame Noodles
This pasta with tahini dressing is even better when you add vegetables and/or protein.
Veggies: I always throw some easy veggies in with the noodles, like sliced cucumber, snap peas, broccoli or baby spinach. You can add raw vegetables or quickly saute or steam them first.
Tofu: Love tofu with these noodles! Try my Easy Weeknight Tofu, or any of your favorite tofu recipes.
Chicken: This is a perfect dish for leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken. I also love it with Sheet-Pan Soy Sauce Chicken and Broccoli.
Tips for Making Tahini Sauce and Salad Dressing
The tahini sauce used in this recipe is very versatile and can also be used as salad dressing. There are a few tricks and tips that make tahini taste better in sauces and dressings.
Mix the Jar of Tahini: Oil will separate from the tahini paste and rise to the top of the jar. Make sure to mix the tahini well before using.
Add Garlic: Tahini and garlic are constant companions. They just taste so good together!
Add Sweetener: Tahini can be slightly bitter, with the intensity of the bitterness often depending on the brand of tahini. The bitterness can be tamed by adding a sweetener like honey or maple syrup.
Add Lemon or Vinegar: Many recipes with tahini (like hummus) add lemon because it pairs so well with the richness of tahini. In this recipe, I use rice vinegar instead.
Oil is Optional: Some recipes add olive oil, canola oil or sesame oil to tahini dressing. Additional oil helps thin out the tahini so it's easier to pour over salad or vegetables. Oil can also can add flavor.
Add Nut Butter: If the flavor of tahini is too strong for you, cut back on the amount of tahini and add a little bit of nut butter, like peanut, cashew or almond butter.
Thin Out with Water: Tahini can be really thick, and it can also seize up and get even thicker when other ingredients are added to it. Use water to thin out tahini for salad dressings and sauces until it reaches the consistency you want. Warm water is easier to blend into tahini than cold water.
More Noodle Recipes
- Quick and Easy Instant Pot Pho with Ramen Noodles
- One Pot Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Kale
- Cold Rice Noodles Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing
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