So(ba) What!? Soba Noodles

Soba noodles are those thick, chewy japanese noodles often found in soups or traditional asian dishes. Aside from having great flavor and texture, soba noodles are a great alternative to white flour noodles, as soba is made with buckwheat flour.

Despite the word “wheat” in the name, buckwheat is a gluten-free and wheat free food. This makes it great for people with gluten intolerances (read all labels because some soba noodles may be made partially with wheat flour!), and makes the carbohydrates in the noodles slow-releasing. (No wacky blood sugar spikes and dips.)

Soba noodles are also packed full of vitamins and minerals, and have TWICE the amount of protein found in rice! Hmm, anyone else hungry for stir fry?

If you’re worried about fat or calories, don’t fret – a full cup of cooked soba noodles has only 113 calories and almost non-existent fat.

Soba noodles are SO versatile and can be used in and endless number of dishes – recipes and cookbooks everywhere can offer some culinary inspiration. But if you have nothing more than a pack of soba noodles and a well-stocked pantry, try this 5 ingredient recipe:

5 Ingredient Soba Noodle Dish

  • 8 oz. soba noodles
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp tamari sauce
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

Cook noodles as per directions. Toss everything in a big bowl, and dig in!

4 thoughts on “So(ba) What!? Soba Noodles

  1. Great recipe! That calorie count seems low, though. I’ve bought plenty of soba noodles over the years and I’ve never seen any nutritional information that reflects the 113-per-cup number, and in looking at a couple online Asian grocery stores, I was unable to find anything with nutritional information that lines up with that, either. Are you using a specific brand which might have a lower calorie count than the rest? If so, please share!
    Also, one other thing to be aware of is that many soba noodles DO contain wheat, or a wheat/buckwheat blend, so gluten-free peeps need to be careful to check the ingredients before they consume!

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