Whole Wheat Pasta with Peanut Sauce

The nutty flavor of whole wheat pasta pairs perfectly with peanut sauce! Serve this as a main dish or pack it up for a picnic or potluck entrée!

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Pasta With Peanut Sauce

Spring and summer months are the time of year that I try to make meals simple so that we can enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.

I love that we can be out in our courtyard during the dinner hour enjoying the nice weather. I put Alan in charge of grilling our foods and I always prepare the side dishes.

Veggies are easy to toss together or grill when we’re at home, but I need more entrées that can be served at room temperature, and can easily be transported and shared at potlucks or outdoor gatherings.

Pasta with peanut sauce is just the right salad for that occasion and it’s packed with flavor!

Have you tasted that delicious peanut sauce that is served with chicken satay or summer rolls?

The sauce in this recipe is similar, but instead of using it as a dipping sauce it’s folded through the spaghetti and veggies.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Peanut Sauce

When I made this Spaghetti with Meat Sauce I stocked up on a couple of varieties of pasta like the classic thick spaghetti, protein plus, and the whole grain spaghetti.

The whole grain pasta is mild, not harsh or earthy tasting and really compliments the peanut sauce. 

I kept this dish vegetarian, but you can add some chicken to this dish for a variation.

Whole Wheat Pasta with Peanut Sauce - The Foodie Affair
Whole Wheat Pasta with Peanut Sauce

Cold Pasta Recipe

This recipe comes together quickly. I cooked the spaghetti for 7 minutes and then immediately drained the hot water and put the pasta into a bowl of ice water and let it sit for about 15 minutes.

Once the pasta was cool to the touch then I tossed in the peanut sauce and veggies.

My son Sam stopped by when I cooked this dish and as well as being a taste tester he wanted to experiment with the dish by warming up his second serving.

He said that I got it right! This dish served at room temperature is THE BOMB!

Serve this whole wheat pasta with peanut sauce as a salad or side dish for your next potluck or BBQ!

Whole Wheat Pasta with Peanut Sauce - The Foodie Affair
Whole Wheat Pasta with Peanut Sauce - The Foodie Affair
Pasta with Peanut Sauce in a white bowl

Pasta with Peanut Sauce

This cold dish pasta is filled with vegetables and a delicious peanut sauce.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta, peanut, sauce, vegetarian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • 1 box Barilla® Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • 2 cups baby bell peppers sliced
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter reduced fat
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce reduced sodium
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 scallions sliced
  • 1/3 cup cilantro chopped
  • dry roasted peanuts optional


  • Prepare pasta according to directions on the box. Drain and place pasta in a colander with ice cubes. Let cool and drain.
  • Whisk together vegetable broth, peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, ginger, garlic and red pepper.
  • In a large bowl toss cold spaghetti with sliced bell peppers and peanut sauce to coat. Fold in onions and cilantro. Garnish with peanuts if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 747mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g


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