Take-out inspired Spinach Mushroom Leek Long Life Noodles tossed in the most amazing homemade sesame sauce. Pair with your favorite protein, or enjoy all on it’s own as a tasty vegan/vegetarian main or side!
I have a bit of an obsession with creating totally crave-worthy take out dishes at home.
It’s much quicker than rushing out to the nearest restaurant or waiting in agony over a slower-than-molasses delivery to finally show up. Also, DIY-ing my favorite Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes at home is exponentially kinder to my wallet, which quite audibly weeps any time I try to dial up dinner out of sheer laziness.
We’ve mostly stuck to the same tried and true favorites in heavy rotation, such as my Szechuan Shrimp and Broccoli (a must-try!) and Sweet Chili Sriracha Salmon. Ooh! I’m also really batty over this One-Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup which is beyond cheating since I use miso soup packets as my base. But hey, it’s super cheap and loaded with veggies so it’s an offense we can easily overlook right?
For those of you who want to make this by raiding your pantry for what you have on hand, or for those who don’t have access to long life noodles, feel free to sub your favorite alternatives. Ramen, Lo Mein, Udon, and a variety of other noodles work great as a last minute swap. For those of you who make their own pasta, please invite me over for dinner? I’ll love you forever!
Spinach Mushroom Leek Long Life Noodles
In China, noodles are often served for Birthday and Chinese New Year celebrations. The lengthy strands of pasta are said to grant a long life when eaten. Yi mein noodles, the type used in this recipe, are often referred to as longevity noodles for this reason.
I recently tried this recipe and fell head-over-heels in love with these chewy golden noodles and their flavorful sauce. They’re great as written below and also amazing served with shrimp, chicken, beef, or tofu.
I hope you adore it as much as we do!
Spinach Mushroom Leek Long Life Noodles
Yield 2 servings
- 9 oz leeks
- 6-8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 3 scallions, chopped
- 1 TBSP oil of choice (avocado, coconut, canola, etc...)
- 8 ounces long life noodles
- 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
- salt and pepper, to taste
FOR THE SAUCE:
- 1 TBSP sesame seeds
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- 1 TBSP sesame oil
- 1TBSP rice wine vinegar
- 1 TBSP honey (or brown rice syrup if vegan)
- 1 TBSP water
- 1/8-1⁄4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- First make your sauce.
- Place sesame seeds in a large pan over medium heat and toast, stirring, until golden brown (3-5 min) Transfer to a medium bowl. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, honey, as much crushed red pepper as desired, as well as half of your of scallions, and 1 tablespoon water. Stir to combine.
- Next prep your veggies!
- Rinse leek and trim and discard dark green tops. Halve lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1- inch pieces. Wash to remove any interior dirt and set aside. If you haven't already, clean and slice your mushrooms and scallions as well.
- Add 1 tablespoon oil to your pan at medium heat. When oil is shimmering, add mushrooms, leeks, and most of your remaining scallions (save a spoonful or two as a garnish) and sauté until tender and softened. Taste and add salt and black pepper as desired. Remove pan from heat and set aside.
- Next season a pot of boiling water generously with salt and cook your noodles per package instructions. I was using fresh, refrigerated noodles so mine only took 2 minutes so. Dried noodles will typically take a bit longer but nothing extreme.
- Add noodles to the pan with your veggies and heat to medium-high heat. Push noodles and vegetables to outer edges of pan and add sauce to center of pan and simmer until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir to combine, then add spinach and cook until just wilted, about one additional minute.
- Remove pan from heat.
- Taste and add salt and black pepper as desired.
- Garnish with extra sesame seeds (optional) and the remaining green onion. Enjoy!
This tasty dish can be served as a meal for 2 with your favorite protein (or all on it's own!) or double as a delicious side dish for 4. The leftovers are also fantastic the next day; we stir fried our leftover noodles with shrimp and green beans for lunch and loved it!
On it's own the dish is perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and t-rex chefs alike! Feel free to add your favorite protein such as shrimp, tofu, chicken, or beef to round out the meal.
See post for alternate noodles to use with this recipe, if needed.
Recipe adapted from Plated
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