I know what you’re thinking, but no, a Soba noodle isn’t a noodle that doesn’t drink…lol, yes I crack myself up. I discovered the Soba noodle a few years ago when I ordered the Soba Noodle Soup with chicken from Panera Bread and the entire soup had less than 400 calories! How could that be if the main ingredient is pasta I asked myself. So I decided to do my research on this teetotaler noodle. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Soba Noodles which are of Japanese origin are made from buckwheat and are chock full of nutrients. Now, not all Soba Noodles are created equal. You have to be very careful when you buy it that the ingredients consist of 100% Buckwheat. If you don’t pay attention to the ingredients you may end up with a blend of buckwheat and other types of wheat. In comparison to regular pasta, one cup of cooked Soba Noodles contains about 100 calories as compared to one cup of cooked white pasta which contains about 220 calories and one cup of cooked whole wheat pasta that contains about 170 calories.
Not only that, but Soba Noodles are excellent sources of Manganese, High in Protein, Fiber, it is low in fat and if you purchase 100% buckwheat Soba Noodles, they are gluten-free. Soba Noodles look like spaghetti and have a similar consistency once cooked and are so delicious. You can make it into a soup or use it in place of spaghetti or other pastas for your favorite pasta dish. The health benefits and lower calorie content make it a guilt-free treat.
I will be sharing with you one of my favorite Soba Noodle Recipes. I found the original recipe on Pinterest but of course I had to modify it to make it more to my liking. I purchased the Soba Noodles from Amazon and will provide the link to you for your convenience. I have never looked to see if it can be purchased at the grocery store, but if it is, it will likely be either in the Pasta or International aisle. Don’t forget to look for 100% Buckwheat.
Ginger and Scallion Soba Noodles Recipe
100% Buckwheat Soba Noodles- Cook according to the instructions on the bag
1 Cup Scallions (green onions)- Sliced
2 Tablespoons Grated Fresh Ginger
1 Red Bell Pepper- Organic if possible- Diced
1/2 Cup Fresh Organic Cilantro- Chopped
3 Tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
2 Tablespoons Chili Oil- can be purchased from Amazon, link provided after the recipe.
2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Honey
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Add all the ingredients except for the noodles in a bowl, mix to combine and set aside for about 30 minutes so all the ingredients marry each other.
- Cook the noodles according to the instructions.
- Add the sauce to the noodles and toss to combine.
- Serve immediately.
Hope you like this recipe as much as I do! As promised, the links to the noodles and chili oil are below: