101 Cookbooks' Spicy Tahini Noodles with Asparagus - Rachael Ray Every Day

101 Cookbooks' Spicy Tahini Noodles with Asparagus

Tahini isn't just for hummus! Use the sesame seed paste as the base for the tasty sauce for these noodles.
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spicy tahini noodles with asparagus

Recipe by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks

Start to Finish: 20 minutes

Servings: 4 to 6


  • 1 lb. asparagus, trimmed

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1/4 cup tahini

  • 2 lemons, 1 juiced (about 1/4 cup) and 1 cut into wedges

  • 8 oz. whole-wheat fettuccine

  • Radicchio leaves, for lining the platter

  • Toasted sesame oil and chili sauce (such as sriracha), for drizzling

  • Sesame seeds and sliced scallions, for garnish


1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. On a baking sheet, toss the asparagus and oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer. Roast, turning once or twice, until browned in spots, 12 to 18 minutes. 

2. In a bowl, whisk the tahini and 1/2 cup warm water; season generously. Mix in the lemon juice. 

3. Salt the boiling water and add the pasta. Cook until al dente. Drain; return to the pot. Toss with the tahini sauce. Line a platter with radicchio leaves. Top with the pasta and asparagus. Finish with sesame oil, chili sauce, sesame seeds, and scallions. Serve with lemon wedges.