Spicy Asian-Style Pasta Salad

1 pound linguine, broken in half
4 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 red bell peppers, seeded, thinly sliced
3 cups snow peas
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

  • Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite.
  • Drain very well.
  • Transfer to large bowl.
  • Whisk 3 tablespoons sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, vinegar and cayenne pepper in small bowl to blend.
  • Season with salt.
  • Mix half of dressing into pasta.
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add bell peppers, peas and onion and sauté until just beginning to wilt, about 2 minutes.
  • Add vegetables to pasta.
  • Mix in peanuts, basil and enough dressing to coat.

Makes 6 Servings



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