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.

We finally cooked this one yesterday. I wanted to share one difference in any recipe of ours that uses peanut butter. It is an unsalted natural peanut butter, made of nothing but peanuts. So if you usually use a conventional peanut butter like Jif or Skippy but decide to make it our way, you might consider adding salt. Or sugar, come to think of it. Our favorite brand? Crazy Richard’s (a.k.a. Krema) 


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