We’re peanut butter lovers in our house, how about you? I sometimes go months without having a good old fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and when I finally do, I can’t remember why I waited so long! I remember from childhood coming home from school, making a sandwich and then running outside to play with friends. 🙂
The recent hot weather has me dreaming of summertime and this memory flooded my mind, so I wanted to do something with peanut butter tonight for dinner.
Have you ever tried soba noodles? Soba is the Japanese word for buckwheat. These noodles are lighter in my opinion than a traditional spaghetti noodle and are delicious served hot or cold. You can absolutely use spaghetti or angel hair pasta for this dish, but if you’ve never tried them, why not give them a shot for this recipe? You can find them at most grocery stores in the asian foods aisle.
Soba noodles have all eight essential amino acids (acids we need, but our bodies don’t produce), essential nutrients and antioxidants. Sounds good to me!
OK, get ready for this…the noodles cook in 4 minutes! So while the water comes to a boil, you steam your broccoli and while the noodles are cooking and the broccoli is steaming, you combine the sauce. When the noodles are complete, drain and return to pan to toss with peanut sauce. Add broccoli. Add toppings. Eat. It’s that simple.
You should definitely add some cooked chicken breast or maybe shredded rotisserie chicken, if that’s your thing. I add chicken for the kids and leave it out for us. We’ll be going out tomorrow for my husband’s birthday, so saving my “meat treat” for then! 🙂
Dinner will be on the plate in about 10 minutes…ready to go?!
Super easy, super fast and FULL of flavor from the peanut butter, heat from the crushed red pepper and sriracha (just omit if you don’t like heat) and the balance from the rice vinegar is great. The noodles are super creamy and the crushed peanuts on top give it a nice crunch. Are you drooling?! I may need to go sneak a bite from the fridge. The leftovers are tucked away for lunch tomorrow…if they make it that long!
Let me know if you make these fantastic creamy peanut soba noodles with broccoli. Tag #mybusykitchen and I’ll share your posts. Thank you for stopping by My Busy Kitchen! – Tiffany
- 1 head broccoli, chopped
- 9.5 oz soba noodles (or thin pasta)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp sesame seed oil
- 4 tsp brown sugar
- 6 tbsp creamy peanut butter
- 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3 tbsp sriracha (optional)
- sesame seeds (optional)
- chopped peanuts for serving (optional)
Boil water and prepare noodles according to package. My soba noodles took only 4 minutes.
While the noodles boil, chop and steam broccoli to desired tenderness.
In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, peanut butter, ginger, salt, red pepper flakes and sriracha.
Drain noodles and return to pot. Pour peanut sauce over noodles and toss gently to combine.
Add the broccoli and combine.
Dish and top with optional sesame seeds and chopped peanuts.
Note: This is excellent cold, so save any leftovers!
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