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About the Dish

4 ounces Brown Rice Spaghetti
6 each Radish
1/2 cup Pecans
1 packet Peanut Butter
1 packet Tamari
2 teaspoons Honey
1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tablespoon Pomegranate Juice
2 ounces Arugula
3 ounces Cucumber
1/2 cup Chickpeas
Per Serving
Calories 620
Total Fat 38 g
Saturated Fat 4 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 610 mg
Total Carbohydrates 66 g
Dietary Fiber 10 g
Sugar 12 g
Protein 13 g
Nancie McDermott

Nancie McDermott is a cookbook author and cooking teacher fascinated by the people, stories, and places behind the food. A NC native and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she loves exploring the history, culture, and distinctions within the regional cuisines of the American South. Nancie is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Association of Food Journalists, and the Southern Foodways Alliance, and lives with her family in Chapel Hill NC. "My first memories of cooking involve being in the kitchen with my grandmother when I was very small, 5 or 6, watching her make biscuits. My grandparents had a dairy farm about an hour away from our suburban home, and I got to go stay with her during the summer and on weekends. I thought I was cooking, because that’s how she made me feel, but I’m sure I was anything but helpful in truth. What I remember is an enormous bowl and lots of flour, and her energy and pleasure in being in her kitchen, working and creating, keeping me happy, and making something for us to enjoy. I didn’t learn a thing about how to make biscuits (except that making a mess with flour is part of the deal), but I learned that the kitchen is a good, fun, busy place, and that it’s fun to cook with and for people you love." BOOKS: Fruit: a Savor the South Cookbook; Southern Soups and Stews; Southern Pies; Southern Cakes; Quick & Easy Chinese; Quick & Easy Thai; Simply Vietnamese Cooking; Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking; 300 Best Stir-Fry Recipes; Real Thai; The 5 in 10 Pasta and Noodle Cookbook; Real Vegetarian Thai; The Curry Book; Quick and Easy Vietnamese; Holiday Cookies You Can Make. PUBLICATIONS: Saveur; Edible Piedmont; Bon Appetit; Food & Wine; Fine Cooking; Cooks Illustrated; Every Day with Rachel Ray; Family Fun; Food Arts; Los Angeles Times. AWARDS: 2016 IACP Cookbook Awards Finalist Cookbook of the Year (American) To learn more about Nancie, visit


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Fill a saucepot two-thirds full with about 6 cups water, and stir in 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Place over high heat. When the water comes to a boil add pasta, and stir to prevent sticking. Cook until tender but not mushy, about 8 minutes. Remove and reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Drain pasta into a colander. Return drained pasta to empty cooking pot, cover, and set on stove to keep warm.
While pasta cooks, prepare your mise en place: Trim radishes, and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Tear arugula into bite-size pieces. Trim and peel cucumber; halve lengthwise, and thinly slice crosswise; measure out 1 cup (save any extra for another use). Rinse and drain chickpeas.
Pour 1 teaspoon cooking oil on a baking sheet, and place sliced radishes on the oil. Turn to coat them evenly. Roast until radishes begin to become tender, 15 minutes. Scatter the chopped pecans onto the pan and return to the oven to toast, about 3 minutes more. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Prepare noodle dressing: In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, 1 tablespoon reserved pasta cooking water, tamari, 1 straw honey, vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Use a fork to mash and press the peanut butter to soften it and mix it with the other ingredients. Add more hot cooking water if needed to soften and mix everything well. When the peanut butter is softened, use a whisk to mix into a smooth sauce.
Prepare salad dressing: In another medium bowl, combine remaining 1 tablespoon cooking oil, pomegranate juice, remaining 1 straw honey and remaining 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Use a whisk or a fork to mix everything together evenly and well.
To complete the salad, add arugula to the bowl of pomegranate juice dressing. Add measured cucumber and chickpeas, and use 2 forks to toss well. Divide between 2 plates. Divide the roasted radishes and pecans, sprinkling them over each salad. To complete the pasta, add a little of the reserved cooking water to the drained pasta in the pot, and toss gently to soften and separate the pasta. Transfer pasta to the bowl of peanut sauce, and toss gently to coat it evenly. If needed, add a little more of the warm cooking water to help distribute the sauce well. Divide pasta between the 2 plates, and enjoy!