One pot creamy vegan tahini noodles are a quick, easy, and delicious dish in just one pot and under 12 minutes!
Under 300 Calories per serving – making this a healthy meat free noodle stir fry the whole family will love!
I LOVE creamy, delicious noodle dishes.
Thick, saucy, and full of rich flavor – filled to the top with delicious healthy vegetables.
Lo mein, stir fry noodles, pad thai…. I love them all.
Street style noodles are one of my favorite meals for meatless mondays, lent- and anytime I’m craving something comforting that won’t weigh me down.
These noodles are FULL of rich and creamy flavor- thanks in part to tahini, which is a ground sesame paste.
Tahini tastes a lot like peanut butter, with a little richer, more buttery flavor.
The addition of tahini in this dish is so delicious- and it also adds some lean protein which is important when you’re eschewing meat in your diet.
What is Tahini?
Tahini is a spread that is from toasted hulled sesame seeds – it does not contain any peanuts, but has a toasted peanut like flavor and is a great peanut butter substitute!
Tahini is popular in the Middle East, Caucuses (we had the best tahini I’ve ever had in Yerevan Armenia), and Mediterranean countries – but it is popular everywhere and easy to find at most grocery stores.
If you like peanut noodles, tahini noodles are a great savory twist.
Vegan Tahini Noodle Bowl Ideas
This recipe is designed to be adaptable, so you can use what vegetables or proteins you have on hand.
I try to always use 1 onion or a shallot in any noodle dish, because I love the rich savory flavor onion adds to stir frys – but you can skip if you don’t like onions.
I aim for about 2-3 cups of vegetables to add to this dish, from any combination below:
-Sugar snap peas
-Bell peppers (any color)
Add vegetables into stir fry and cook as listed below – be sure to make notes on flavors you like or don’t love, and try this dish with different vegetables to create a stir fry you love!
What Meat To Add
I designed this recipe to be a great vegan dish – but I know a lot of readers might want to add meat to this noodle bowl.
I personally reccomend adding in grilled chicken, shrimp, or tofu for this dish – but diced pork, shredded chicken, or other seafood works well, too.
We also love vegan crumbles in this dish – I don’t personally love this dish with beef, but vegan “beef” crumbles taste great in this tahini sauce. Prepare as directed on packaging, and then add to dish to toss and coat in sauce.
Add cooked meat or tofu to noodle dish towards the end of cooking so meat can be tossed in tahini sauce for even flavor.
How To Keep Stir Fry Noodles From Sticking
Noodles can stick to your pan and create a big mess – so it’s important to use a nonstick pan for this recipe.
For the best results, use a naturally nonstick pan that is completely clean to prevent noodles from sticking.
Preheating oil to shimmery helps to make sure noodles hit pan and don’t stick – be sure to heat oil before adding noodles too pan.
Use a heavy pan to cook your noodles and vegetables quickly. I prefer these heavyweight Mineral Iron pans – they heat evenly, are nonstick naturally after seasoned, and are great instead of woks if you don’t use a wok enough to justify purchasing one.
What Oil to Stir Fry Noodles With
Since olive oil has a low smoke point, it should not be used in stir frys where we rely on high heat in a hot pan.
To prevent oil from smoking and breaking down, use a neutral oil like grapeseed oil that won’t change the flavor of this dish and has a higher smokepoint.
Vegetable oil, soybean oil, peanut oil, and canola oil all work as well.
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How to Store and Reheat Creamy Tahini Noodles
To store this dish, place in an airtight container and refrigeraate for up to four days.
If freezing, place in plastic bag and try to remove any excess air from the bag. Freeze for up to four months.
To reheat from frozen, let thaw naturally in fridge overnight.
Reheat by tossing in pan with 1 tbsp oil and heat until piping hot.
If a pan isn’t available, microwave in bursts of 1 minute until piping hot. Stir in between bursts to heat evenly.
One Pot Creamy Vegan Tahini Noodles
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One pot creamy vegan tahini noodles are a quick, easy, and deliciously meaty tasting dish in just one pot and under 12 minutes! Full of vegetables and Under 300 Calories per serving.
- 1 tbsp grapeseed, peanut, or canola oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 shallot, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 12 oz diced shiitake mushrooms
- 7 oz precooked stir fry noodles
- 2 tbsp mirin or rice wine
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1-2 tsp chili paste, fire oil, or other spicy oil/paste/herb
- sesame seeds and green onions, to garnish
- In a large, heavy skillet, heat oil on medium high.
- Add onion and shallot, tossing to prevent burning.
- After 2 minutes on high, onion and shallot should be lightly browned.
- Add peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, stir on high heat and lightly brown.
- Add noodles to pan, toss.
- Add sauce and stir.
- Stir in tahini and mix well.
- Sprinkle green onions and sesame seeds over noodles, plate immediately.
Amount Per Serving Calories 285Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 547mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 4gSugar 8gProtein 6g
Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.
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