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Chili Garlic Noodles with Tofu

Who doesn't love the chili + garlic combo? Flavorful tofu, a chili garlic sauce and spaghetti noodles create this filling and satisfying meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 8 people


  • 16 oz (453 g) spaghetti noodles gluten-free if desired


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 tbsp [9 g] jarred minced)
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) agave
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 (14-16 oz [397-453 g]) block firm or extra firm tofu pressed
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) untoasted sesame oil

Noodle sauce

  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) untoasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) chili oil with flakes
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced (or 2 tbsp [18 g] jarred minced)
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup (70 g) peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) soy sauce sub tamari for gluten-free
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) agave
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) unseasoned rice vinegar

For topping

  • Roasted and salted peanuts, chopped
  • Green onions, chopped


  • Cook the noodles according to package instructions. Strain, rinse, and set aside (coat in a bit of oil to keep from sticking if desired).

Make the tofu

  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the minced garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, agave and ginger. Crumble in the tofu and and lightly stir to coat in the sauce.
  • Heat the sesame oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the tofu and cook, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Set aside.

Make the noodle sauce

  • Heat the sesame oil and chili oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the garlic and crushed red pepper flakes and stir. Cook for 30 seconds to a minute or until fragrant.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Bring to a boil then back to a simmer, stirring often.
  • Stir in the cooked spaghetti noodles.
  • Top with the tofu, peanuts, and green onion and serve.
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