Saturday, June 26, 2010

Soba Noodles with Peanut Sauce

Soba noodles are native Japanese noodles made of buckwheat flour. They are so good especially in the summer.

A quick note about the health benefits: Soba contains all eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in wheat. It also contains a type of polysaccharide that is easily digested. Soba noodles also contain antioxidants, including rutin and quercetin, and essential nutrients including choline, thiamine and riboflavin. (reference for health benefits: WikiPedia)


4 oz soba noodles
1/2 c creamy reduced-sodium natural peanut butter
3 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2  Tbs white miso paste (optional)
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 tsp chile paste with garlic (optional),
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
4 oz light firm tofu, drained, patted dry, and cut in 1/2" cubes
2 c shredded or grated carrots (about 2 lg)
3 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)


1. Prepare noodles per package directions. Place peanut butter in small microwaveable bowl and microwave on high 15 seconds to soften.

2. Whisk together peanut butter,  miso paste (if using), soy sauce, vinegar, oil, chile paste (if using), and sesame seeds in large bowl while noodles cook. Set aside.

3. Heat medium skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add tofu and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

4. Drain pasta and add to peanut sauce along with all but 1/2 cup of the carrots. Mix until well combined. Top with tofu and remaining carrots and sprinkle with scallions. Serve immediately or chill and serve cold.

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