Cold Sesame Noodles

1 14.5 oz. box/package any kind of pasta 

1 nearly empty jar of Tahini (1 or 2 TBSPs)

¼ cup very hot water

1 TBSP toasted sesame oil

3 TBSP rice vinegar

3 or 4 TBSP soy or tamari sauce

2 TBSP maple syrup

1 tsp garlic powder

4 or 5 scallions, cut in small, diagonal pieces

1 TBSP or a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds

¼ tsp crushed red pepper (or regular black pepper)

Optional: grated carrot, and/or grated zucchini, 1 small red or yellow pepper, cut into thin strips, a handful of chopped parsley or cilantro

In a medium pot, boil water and cook pasta according to instructions. Add very hot/boiling water to a nearly empty jar of tahini. Cover and shake -scrape sides if needed. Add oil, vinegar, maple, garlic, and shake more. Pour into a large serving bowl and stir in the scallions and whatever chopped vegetables you have.  Drain the pasta, add it to the sauce in the serving bowl, and toss to coat. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and pepper. Cover or refrigerate until ready to serve. Yum.