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Soba noodles with spinach and mushrooms

2012 January 22

Why is it that when I’m in need of a quick meal, only Asian dishes come to mind?  They seem to be the quickest type of meal to whip up and are always so satisfying.


I was planning to make some sort of pasta with cream sauce, spinach, and mushrooms when I got totally overwhelmed at that thought, realized I needed something quick, and was inspired by a pack of soba noodles in my pantry.  The sauce consisted of three ingredients and it was just perfect.
Soba noodles with spinach and mushrooms


2 oz soba noodles
3 cups washed spinach
1 garlic clove, minced
6-8 baby portabella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sambal oelek (or other hot chile sauce)
1 tbsp soy sauce


  1. Bring plenty of water to a boil and add soba noodles. Cook 6-8 minutes until tender.
  2. Meanwhile saute garlic in some cooking spray for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook 3-5 minutes until they begin to soften.
  4. Throw spinach into hot pan and briefly toss.
  5. Drain water from pasta and add spinach, garlic, and mushroom mixture to the pasta pot.
  6. Add sesame oil, sambal oelek, and soy sauce to pasta pot as well and toss to coat and allow spinach to wilt.
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

  • Kaytorade

    Soba noodles are one of those things I always think I have in my pantry.  So I go to make them and 9 times out of 10?  No soba noodles on hand.  I think there are elves in my pantry that eat them.

  • Marie Tashkoff

    I love noodles, but I would have never thought about adding spinach to them. The recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Caitlin North

    I came across this last night and bookmarked it for today as I have all of these ingredients in the kitchen. I just whipped up a delicious lunch! Thanks, I’ll definitely be coming back to this again and again!

  • Caitlin North

    Also, I should mention that as a Weight Watchers member I was really happy with how low in points this was – 6 PP for the entire very filling meal!

  • Jaelith

    This was, in a word, AMAZING!!! Thanks for a quick, delicious meal!