Pork in Peanut Sauce for Pasta

1 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 teaspoons sugar
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger root
4 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter

1 pound spaghetti
1 cup thin-sliced scallions
1 cup hot water

Cook pork in oil, breaking up lumps, until no longer pink. Add 2 teaspoons sugar, garlic, ginger root, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce; sauté over high heat until the pork is browned.

In a blender, blend 3 tablespoons soy sauce, lemon juice, sesame oil, the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar, and peanut butter. Add enough hot water to thin the sauce to the desired consistency.

When pasta is done, toss together with pork, sauce, and scallion greens plus salt and pepper to taste.


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