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Vegan Dan Dan Noodles

Vegan Dan Dan Noodles

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  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Vegan


I use chopped mushrooms to replace the ground meat and bring umami to this spicy, nutty and tangy Chinese noodle dish.


Units Scale
  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti such as Barilla or De Cecco, which are both vegan
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 9 ounces white button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • handful baby spinach
  • 2 stalks green onions, finely chopped

Dan Dan Sauce

  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil (use less if you are sensitive to hot dishes)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • salt, to taste


  1. Boil the noodles. Bring a pot of water to boil. Add spaghetti and cook according to package instructions (usually 7-9 minutes), until al dente. Drain, rinse under cold water, drain again and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pan fry the mushrooms and celery. In a pan over medium heat, add peanut oil, celery and mushrooms and cook for 8-10 minutes, until mushrooms are beginning to turn a golden brown color. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Make the sauce. Put all the ingredients for the dan dan sauce in a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Mix, season and serve. Add sauce to the spaghetti and toss until the noodles are evenly coated. Season with salt until you are satisfied with the taste. Finally, add the mushroom mix, spinach and scallions to the noodles and toss well again. Serve.


These noodles taste their best when made fresh but are still delicious cold (after being refrigerated the next day). Store the leftovers in an airtight storage container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also quickly zap them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them up.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 406
  • Sugar: 7.1g
  • Sodium: 409.3mg
  • Fat: 16.g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4.9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 50.5g
  • Fiber: 5.7g
  • Protein: 10.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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