Sesame Shrimp and Pasta Salad

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Makes: 4 to 6  servings Prep 35 mins Cook 10 mins


  • 1 pound  penne rigati pasta
  • 1/2 pound  asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup  peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup  rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup  lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons  sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons  brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon  minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon  red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup  hot water
  • 1 pound  cooked medium shrimp
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup  chopped fresh cilantro
  • Toasted sesame seeds


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. During last minute of cooking time add asparagus. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until pasta and asparagus are cool. Transfer to a large serving bowl and set aside. If preparing a day ahead, bring to room temperature before serving.

2. Meanwhile, combine peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Add hot water and stir until sauce is smooth, breaking up any small clumps.

3. Add shrimp, red pepper, green onions, and 1/4 cup of the cilantro to the pasta. Add sauce and toss to combine. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro and sesame seeds. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 4
  • cal.(kcal)500,
  • Fat, total(g)12,
  • chol.(mg)148,
  • sat. fat(g)2,
  • carb.(g)67,
  • fiber(g)3,
  • pro.(g)30,
  • sodium(mg)630,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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