While this may sound like an odd pairing, Macaroni and Peanut Butter is a favorite among the children and adults in my family. The peanut sauce seems to please all ages. Red pepper flakes can be added for adults who might enjoy a little heat. This is great for picnics or school lunches.
In 6 quart pot of lightly salted boiling water, add macaroni and cook according to package instructions, al dente. Set aside 1 cup of pasta water just before draining. Drain. Boil peas and carrots until tender and crisp. Drain. 0Combine peanut butter, warm pasta water, rice vinegar, lemon juice and soy sauce, mixing until smooth. Taste for seasoning. 0Toss pasta in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of the peanut sauce, adding more sauce until macaroni is lightly coated. Gently stir in peas and carrots. Thin with more pasta water if sauce is too thick. Top each serving with chopped peanuts.
Buy natural peanut butter without added sugar and salt.