{recipe} Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl for One

Ah, that elusive concept known as “healthy lunch.” Despite my best intentions I find that in the middle of the day it’s hard for me to resist the charms of foods like pizza with ranch dressing, giant burritos, or 9 pounds of hummus and falafel with 17 slices of pita. The other day I took a little time to make a healthy, flavorful, simple noodle bowl with whole wheat fettucine and a whole lot of hot sauce. Not only did I feel physically energetic and alive for the rest of the day, but also smugly virtuous. Win-win!

Spicy Thai Noodle Bowl for One


  • 4 oz fresh whole wheat fettucine
  • ½ tsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup chopped white, yellow, or red onion
  • 1 Tblsp torn cilantro leaves
  • ~10 cracked coriander seeds
  • 1 pack liquid chicken broth concentrate or 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • juice from 1 small lime
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • sambal oelek or sriracha to taste


  • Cook fettucine in salted boiling water until tender. Drain and reserve about 2 Tblsp pasta water.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a small sauté pan. Add onion, cilantro, and coriander seeds and sauté until soft and fragrant, and onion just starts to brown.
  • Add broth and coconut milk, plus a large pinch of salt and about 3-4 grinds of pepper, and reduce over medium high heat until thick and creamy.
  • Add fettucine and reserved pasta water to pan and cook over medium high heat until sauce coats the noodles, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Turn off heat and stir in lime juice and scallions.
  • Pour into bowl and top with sambal oelek or sriracha to taste. If you put the amount shown here you will be in for some serious heat!
  • This recipe can easily be made vegetarian by substituting vegetable broth for the chicken broth.
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