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.