Thursday, June 20, 2013

June Surprise Recipe Swap

It is that time of the month again, time for Surprise Recipe Swap! For those of you just tuning in, on the 20th of each month myself and many other bloggers participate in a Surprise Recipe Swap with is hosted by Jutta over at Hungry Little Girl. At the beginning of the month we receive our blogging partner. Throughout the month we have to choose an original recipe by them, make it for ourselves, document it and post it! If you would like to start participating in the SRS as well follow this link and let Jutta know!
June Surprise Recipe Swap: Peanut Sauced Rotini and Broccoli by Custom Taste
This month I was paired up with Amber from Dessert Now, Dinner Later. She is a culinary graduate, wife, and mother and has some pretty interesting and unique recipes. She also does a lot of drink recipes which look and sound delicious, however I chose a dinner recipe of hers. Peanut Sauced Linguini and Broccoli, except I used rotini since Mr. Custom Taste is not the biggest fan of stringy pasta (no idea why!). However, Mr. Custom Taste and myself are pretty big on anything asian related and anything peanut related so this was a perfect fit for us. I also enjoyed it for the fact that you can add meat to it if you like. As you know I am not eating meat but my other half is, so this recipe was great for its versatility

Shopping List
  • 2 Cups Rotini Pasta
  • 1 Cup Broccoli
  • 1 Large Garlic Clove
  • 1 TBSP Sesame Oil
  • 1 TSP Ground Ginger
  • 1 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Hot Water
  • 2 TBSP Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Honey

2 Mixing Bowls
Stir Spoon
Measuring Cup, TBSP, and TSP
2 Skillets (or 1 skillet and 1 wok if you happen to own one of those)

Time 20 Minutes
Prep 0 Minutes
Cook 20 Minutes
Yield 3 Servings
Time To Get Cooking!!!
Start off by cooking your pasta using your preferred method
June Surprise Recipe Swap: Peanut Sauced Rotini and Broccoli by Custom Taste
There was a great deal on fresh broccoli at Sprouts, so I got fresh, you can use frozen if you prefer.
 While your noodles are cooking start on your sauce by whisking together the peanut butter and hot water
Stir until the peanut butter and water are fully combined (less water for thicker sauce, more water for thin sauce)
Whisk in the vinegar and honey until combined
June Surprise Recipe Swap: Peanut Sauced Rotini and Broccoli by Custom Taste
Set in a warm place until ready to added to the other pan (or wok)
In the second skillet (or wok) add the oil and heat on medium high until the oil is shimmering
Add in the broccoli and stir them around in the oil, allowing them to cook for 1 to 2 minutes
Stir in the chopped garlic and ginger, then add the soy sauce
Stir until liquids have evaporated
June Surprise Recipe Swap: Peanut Sauced Rotini and Broccoli by Custom Taste
Once/If your noodles are ready add them to the broccoli peanut sauce
Remove from heat and stir altogether until fully combined
Top with chopped up peanuts or leave plain and serve!
June Surprise Recipe Swap: Peanut Sauced Rotini and Broccoli by Custom Taste

Loved it! It was super creamy and all of the flavours melded together wonderfully, plus it was ready to eat a lot quicker than I had anticipated. If you are using rotini make sure to start it early! I ened up cutting the recipe in half and it was super filling, we even had leftovers. By the way, it tastes just as good cold as it does hot. Make sure to visit Amber at Dessert Now, Dinner Later.




  1. I am absolutely in love with this dish! The peanut sauce, the broccoli, the spices - simply super YUM! Great recipe pick!

  2. This looks delicious!:) I love cooking with peanut butter so I can imagine who creamy it would be! :) Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link:

  3. Mmm! I haven't made this in a while! Glad you liked it!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  4. I love the SRS. Great recipe and healthy look too.
    Spatulas On Parade

  5. I'm with Mr. Custom Taste - not a fan of "stringy" pastas. For me, it's just more efficient to eat the shapes instead of the strings. Am I a weirdo? :P


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