Peanut or Dan Dan noodles are a staple at Sichuan Chinese restaurants. You can make them easily and less expensively at home. If your pantry contains a few Asian condiments, noodles and peanut butter, you're in business. The recipe is easily doubled for a crowd and it keeps well for eating over a couple of weekdays when you don’t have time to make complicated meals. Hint - the condiments are typically cheaper at Asian markets than at big grocery stores and often have more brands and sizes to choose from.
My recipe is a melting pot version - Japanese buckwheat noodles or Italian spaghetti work fine instead of Chinese noodles and good ole American peanut butter is the base for the sauce. The end result can be as spicy as you like and you can add veggies or shredded chicken. Any way you like them, peanut noodles are a simple side dish that you can make in a hurry and eat right away.