Szechuan [gluten-free] Noodles Print Recipe Print Recipe

I love you.

I’m sorry, was that awkward for you? I got caught up in the moment and wanting so badly to stick my face in this, it just slipped.

Truthfully, I’m not much of a pasta girl, never have been, but this, it’s a whole different story. It’s super easy, it’s amazing, and when I serve it to guest, they think I’m more fabulous than I really am. It’s really a win win here. Oh and my husband, he could eat this for every meal and sometimes he does… right out of the bowl.

This is a great dish to serve when entertaining, your guest will love you, just be prepared, they’re gonna want the recipe.

A few tips:

  • You can make the sauce up to a week in advance
  • Add chicken for protein. If serving buffet style, give the guest the option to add, don’t do it for them
  • Leftover sauce – mix/top with vegetables, chicken, or fish
  • If you’re not gluten-free, it’s still important to keep a package [or two] of gluten-free pasta in your pantry. Guarantee, someone will show up with a gluten allergy and you [& themselves] will be happy there’s options.

Most grocery stores carry gluten-free noodles or you can order online, depending where you live and what’s convenient. Here are a few recommends:


[Photographed by Lisa Thiele | With Style and Grace]


Szechuan Noodles, gluten-free

PRINT Recipe

[adapted from Barefoot Contessa]


  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free tamari [soy sauce for those who aren’t avoiding gluten]
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry [or dry white wine]
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 [or pinch] ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound of gluten-free spaghetti
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 orange [or yellow] bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 bunch [about 5] green onions [scallions], sliced diagonally

Optional – sprinkle with chili flakes for a little heat


To prepare the sauce: Place the garlic and ginger in a food processor. Add vegetable oil, tahini, peanut butter, tamari, sherry and red wine vinegar, honey,  sesame oil, and ground pepper. Pulse until sauce is pureed.

If you’re using gluten-free pasta, be sure to follow the package directions – more sensitive to cooking than regular pasta. In a large pot, add water, salt and a splash of oil. Bring to a boil, add spaghetti and cook al dente.

Drain the pasta. Optional: reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid – in case you need to thin out the sauce.

Place spaghetti in a large bowl and toss with half to three quarters of the sauce. Add red and yellow bell peppers and green onions. Carefully mix until well combined. If needed, add 1/4 of the sauce at a time until you’ve reached the desired consistency &/or to moisten the pasta.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Note: Don’t combine the pasta and sauce until you’re ready to serve, otherwise it will make the pasta mushy

*gluten-free *dairy-free

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  • Bev Weidner

    I. Am. Dying. Right. Now.

  • jessica

    OMG, looks so GOOD. Can’t wait to try this one…you continue to amaze me.

  • Kelsey

    Girl, I have to tell you, I’ve had real Szechuan fare in China, and this is like 100x more appealing/delicious than the latter. I’m still recovering from my Szechuan meals, spicy lung…. enough said. In any case, THIS looks fabulous. It’s been a while since we last connected, I hope you’re doing well lovely.

  • Jeanette

    Szechuan noodles are one of our family favorites – so nice of you to have gluten-free pasta in your home for guests. My son is on a gluten-free diet, and it’s hard for him to go to people’s houses for playdates, so I was pleasantly surprised when one of my friends offered him some gluten-free pizza that she kept in her freezer.

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  • Jennifer

    Oh yum! So glad for the gluten-free recommendations!

    Your photography is to die for.

  • Jenn

    This looks so tasty, and as always absolutely gorgeous! Def. will try these this weekend 🙂

  • Lynn

    Is that 1/2 cup of peanut butter? I’m guessing but just says 1/2…:) Sounds terrific!