What a nouille! – Soba noodles with edamame, grilled zucchini and Chinese cabbage – lemon basil pesto
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Nouille in French means noodle of course, but if you call someone a “nouille“it’s not really a compliment and means you are calling this person an idiot. So today, I do feel like a nouille, because I keep buying soba noodles and never eat them. Actually, I rarely think of preparing or eating soba noodles, probably due to my Italian upbringing…even though my pantry is filled with all kinds of soba.
I see them every day, but no… the idea of eating them, does not even cross my mind. I look at them and think, oh wow! I have so many soba in there. That’s it…the thought stops there. Isn’t that strange? It’s funny how we get stuck into habits. Well, today I decided to make a change, free some space in the cabinets = EAT SOBA. Of course, soba being Japanese, I didn’t want to prepare them the Italian way, and offend them. I tried to be faithful to their essence. For whatever reason, soba reminds me of Geisha, something delicate, and complex at the same time.
Since I have been cooking a lot of vegan meals lately, I can assure you that this dish would please any vegan out there. I combined some Eastern-Western flavors and everything made sense in this dish, from the textures, to the flavors, the colors. Yes, everything. The herbs make it fragrant, taste fresh, the lemon gives it a clean aftertaste, and all combined with the natural nuttiness and sweetness of the buckwheat make it a perfectly balanced and delightful dish. As we say in French “Essayer, c’est l’adopter“, to try it, is to adopt it…so just try it.
Ingredients for 2
- 220 g buckwheat soba
- 1 cup edamame, frozen
- 2 zucchini, sliced
- 4 Chinese cabbage leaves, thinly chopped
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1.5 cups basil leaves
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
In a blender mix garlic, basil, salt and pepper. Blend to a fine consistency. Add lemon zest. Set aside.
Grill zucchini on both sides using a grill pan. Cut in 4 pieces. Boil edamame in boiling water for a few minutes or place in microwave to defrost. Saute cabbage in 1 tsp olive oil.
Cook soba for about 5 minutes in a slightly salted boiling water. Rinse in cold water. Combine all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add pesto and toss well. Eat cold or at room temperature.
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Wow, that looks delicious. I’ve never cooked with soba noodles but you’re making me want to. I love all the vegetables you used in here (with the exception of edamame). Thanks for sharing the recipe and remembering you had all those soba noodles in your cupboard!
Beautiful dish! I am having a problem finding soba noodles but I love the mix of pesto and veggies! It sounds wonderful!
What a beautiful and creative recipe. I can only imagine how well these flavors must meld. Thank you for sharing another delicious recipe. As always, your posts make me smile. I hope you have a blessed beginning to your week. Much love from Austin!