Taste and Savor's Chef Nancy Waldeck shares tasty noodle recipes.

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Sun-dried Tomato Pesto with Oodles of Zoodles

  • 6 Whole Large Sun Dried Tomatoes (about 12 halves)
  • 1 Pkg Fresh Basil
  • 1 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 3 TB Balsamic Vinegar
  • ¼ – ½ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tsp Sea Salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 Tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Combine the sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until smooth.

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Pasta Salad with an Asian-Inspired Twist

  • 16 oz Whole Wheat Linguine, (or your favorite Asian Pasta shape) Cooked, Rinsed, and Cooled
  • 4 - 6 Cups Thinly Sliced Purple Cabbage or Napa Cabbage
    (or combination of the two)
  • 1 Large Red, Yellow or Orange Pepper, Finely Chopped
  • ½ Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • ½ Cup Water Chestnuts
  • ½ Cup Green Onions, Sliced
  • 1 Cup Toasted Chopped Cashews
  • ¼ Cup Sesame Seeds
  • **Sesame Ginger Dressing

Combine the noodles, cabbages, pepper, cilantro, water chestnuts, and scallions in a large salad bowl. Beginning with half of the dressing, toss the salad, adding more dressing as desired. Top the salad with the cashews and sesame seeds.

**Sesame Ginger Dressing

  • 1/3 Cup Rice Vinegar – unseasoned
  • 3 TB Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Canola or Grapeseed Oil
  • ¼ Cup Light Soy Sauce, Tamari or Braggs Amino
    Acids
  • 2 TB Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 3 TB Fresh Ginger, Grated
  • 2 Tsp Garlic, Grated
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Add the ingredients to a jar and shake to combine.

**If you’d like to make this salad in a more authentic Asian style, try using any kind of thin noodles from the international aisle. Udon or fresh Chinese noodles are a great substitution, or if you’re looking to make the salad gluten-free, you can use rice noodles.

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Delicious White Wine with a funny name – Gewürztraminer

The flagship white grape and the most planted! Entry-level wines are under $20, always dry, light-bodied and bright, peppery fresh with lots of apple and citrus notes. More available now than in the past, you can find it in your local wine shop – or even some large grocery stores!