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I’m a pasta and noodle fanatic and am always looking for healthy varieties. Enter buckwheat soba noodles…they are gluten-free (don’t let the name fool you), a good source of fiber, contain all 8 essential amino acids, and offer lots of B vitamins.  And did I mention that they’re really tasty?

If you’re in a hurry, you can whip up these sesame noodles in about 10 minutes and enjoy a hearty, delicious lunch or dinner with very little effort. Add some broccoli or a variety of stir-fry vegetables and you’ve got a complete meal.

Sesame Soba Noodles


  • 1 package buckwheat soba noodles (10-12 oz)
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar (I use unsweetened)
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes (or 1/4 tsp hot chile oil)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Sliced green onions for garnish (optional)
  • Stir fry vegetables (optional)

Cook soba noodles (my package didn’t have directions and took about 4 minutes).  Rinse with cool water, drain well and set aside.Whisk remaining ingredients (except green onions and/or vegetables) together in a bowl. 

Toss sauce with noodles.  Add vegetables and toss. Sprinkle top with green onions.

Try adding 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter to the sauce for yummy sesame-peanut noodles!