6 soba noodle recipes with the earthy, nutty ingredient

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I love the taste of soba noodles. Originally from Japan, “these thin, round noodles are made with gluten-free buckwheat, although some brands include wheat in the mix, which would make them unsuitable for people with gluten-free needs,” writes Becky Krystal in her guide to Asian noodle varieties. The buckwheat gives the noodles an earthy flavor with a hint of nut that works in countless dishes. Keep in mind that it’s important not to overcook soba noodles lest they become mush or fall apart. However, this can be easily accomplished by submerging them in an ice bath or rinsing them thoroughly under cold running water to stop the cooking. Here are some recipes from our recipe finder You can make with these perfectly cooked pasta.

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Hot and sour sesame soba noodles, Above. Noodles, crunchy vegetables and fresh herbs are tossed in a delicious sesame miso dressing. You can add protein by adding shrimp, chicken, or tofu.

Spicy pork with vegetables and noodles. This dish is packed with texture and flavor—and it comes together in under 30 minutes. “The dressing is sweet and salty with a little kick from the pepper flakes I added. I love the crisp, cool cucumber and peppers in the same fork of warm pork and tender noodles. The fresh mint and cilantro add springy freshness, and the peanuts add a bit of crunch to every bite,” writes recipe editor Ann Maloney.

Summer pasta salad with ginger garlic dressing. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with this riff on pasta salad, adapted from Double Awesome Chinese Food: Irresistible and Totally Achievable Recipes From Our Chinese-American Kitchen (Roost Books, 2019) by Andrew, Irene, and Margaret Li.

Sun-dried tomatoes shine in this pantry pasta salad with white beans

Soba pancakes with green onions and ginger. “The flavor is great, but it’s the texture that really sells this, especially the contrast between the crispy bottom and top edges and the softer, almost creamy interior,” writes food editor Joe Yonan.

Avocado and coconut noodles. “Soba noodles and edamame make it very savory, and its dressing meets that irresistible sour-spicy-sweet trifecta,” writes Yonan. “But what makes it outstanding is the crunch and creaminess of coconut flakes, scallions, sunflower seeds and avocados.”

Spicy Peanut Soba Noodles with Green Beans. Peanut sauce is a great complement to the nuttiness of soba noodles. Make this pantry-friendly recipe your own by swapping out the veggies or adding a protein.

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